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Stags' Leap Winery The Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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14.1% ABV
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14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Stags' Leap Winery's 2014 The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon captures the distinctive personality of their estate vineyard and the outstanding vintage, which crafted a wine of great intensity, a multilayered mouthfeel and deep, pure, richness. This wine is classic Stags Leap District Cabernet, offering blackberry and black currant aromas on the nose, along with hints of white pepper, and a lively freshness that is reminiscent of camphor trees blowing in the wind.

On the palate, there is a beautiful balance of complexity and elegance, featuring juicy, mouthwatering blackberry compote, Bing cherry and black raspberry cream pie. With present tannins, this Cabernet exhibits the iconic power and longevity that have become synonymous with Stags’ Leap estate wines and drinks beautifully, representing the opulence and grace of the estate.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon flagship, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The Leap Estate Reserve has an inky, deep garnet-purple color and nose of graphite, Indian spices, sautéed herbs and dusty earth over a core of blackberries and blueberries, plus wafts of cedar and menthol. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with youthful, pure black berry and exotic spice expressions, with a firm backbone of fine tannins and an invigorating lift, finishing long and earthy.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Highly expressive and elegant, this classic wine offers tones of red cherry, cassis, cinnamon and cola. It is a layered, high-toned yet balanced red that is understated in its ripe character.
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Stags' Leap Winery

Stags' Leap Winery

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Stags' Leap Winery, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags' Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.

Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children's activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition).

An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.

Stags Leap District

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Legend has it that quick and nimble stags would escape the indigenous hunters of southern Napa Valley through the landmark palisades that sit just northeast of the current city of Napa. As a result, the area was given the name, Stags Leap. While its grape-growing history dates back to the mid-1800s, winemaking didn’t really take off until the mid-1970s after a small but pivotal blind tasting called the Judgement of Paris.

When a 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon won first place against its high-profile Bordeaux contenders, like Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Haut-Brion, international attention to the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley escalated rapidly.

The vineyards in this one-of-a-kind wine growing region receive hot afternoon air reflecting off of its eastern palisade formation. In combination with the cool evening breezes from the San Pablo Bay just south, this becomes an optimal environment for grape growing. While many varieties could thrive here, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominate with virtually no others, save for a spot or two of Syrah.

Stags Leap soils—eroded volcanic and old river sediments—encourage well established root systems and result in complex, terroir-driven wines. Stags Leap District reds have a distinct sour cherry and black berry character with baking spice and dried earth aromas, and supple tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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