Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3%Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
Cabernet has always been a mainstay in the winemaking
program at Stags' Leap Winery, and winemaker
Kevin Morrisey likes to blend a combination
of estate fruit and grapes from key vineyards
located in many of the other prestigious Napa
Valley appellations. Much of the estate vineyard
is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon where
deep, well-drained, loamy volcanic soils make
this a perfect place to grow Cabernet.
Rich ruby red in color, luscious aromatics of
black cherry, blackberries, and plum greet the
nose with a slight back note of earth, leather, and
bittersweet chocolate. Flavors of plum compote,
spice, green tea, and cocoa are the introduction
to this wine as velvety, unctuous tannins blend
with a juicy, naturally balanced mid-palate of
complex structure. Layers of spice, coffee and
cream integrate with fruit notes to the end.
Great wine - I drank it by mistake. I had it in the wine rack for a couple of years and didn't know how much it was worth, so I opened it one night and had a glass by myself. This wine should not be wasted on one person. Now I feel too guilty to drink it.
Rich smells of leather, cherries, blackberrys, strong oak and earth come through on the nose with a nice body sticking to the sides of the glass. Upon first taste rich oak, cherries and tannins come through and finish with a smooth fruit blend of plums, blackberries, slight vanilla undertone, and dark cherries. Would reccomend storing for several years or letting aerate in a decanter for 30-45 minutes.