This opulent, yet refined Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates this noble creature. Reflective of its coastal Paso Robles origins, this wine is generous in dark berry, spice and a hint of oak, which support velvety tannins and a lengthy finish. In the tradition of St. Hubert, our patron saint, this wine is worthy of the hunt.
"Polished aromas of roasted blackberry, crushed rocks, fresh violet and wet slate show on the nose of this bottling. The smooth palate packs ripe blackberry jam and black cherry with toasted and roasted flavors, made more complex by a punch of green herbs." - Matt Kettmann, October 2020
The St. Huberts The Stag Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon shows a deep ruby, garnet, crimson color. Perfumed aromas on the nose offer inviting bramble berry notes of wild raspberry, dark cherry, and red currant, alongside baking spice notes of allspice, cedar, tobacco leaf and clove. The wine is rustic, rich and bold with good weight and body, offering flavors of macerated red berries, plum, warm red currant and cherry compote, alongside allspice, sweet tea leaf and cinnamon notes from the oak integration. This well-balanced wine is opulent and refined, providing great structure alongside a plush texture with velvety smooth tannins and lengthy finish.
The 2017 vintage provided high quality thanks to lower than average yields. The year began with abundant rainfall. Spring weather was mild, resulting in extended flowering in some areas with little shatter. Vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear, dehydrating some grapes by early September. Cool weather arrived immediately afterward, allowing sugar levels to return to normal. Most late-ripening red grapes continued to hang on the vine and were picked throughout October.
Paso Robles is located between the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast. We source from the Creston District AVA which was created in 2014 by the division of the Paso Robles AVA into 11 distinct areas. The Creston District AVA covers 46,794 acres with 1,365 planted in vineyards. It lies on an old erosional plateau at the base of the La Panza Range with alluvial terraces and fans of Huerhuero Creek. The area is 1,000–2,000 feet (300–610m) in elevation. The region enjoys a greater day-tonight temperature swing more than any other AVA in California.
Using a modern approach for crafting this wine, the grapes were crushed and fermented an average of seven to 10 days in stainless steel tanks. Pump-overs were gently performed three times a day to extract optimum color and tannin. Post fermentation, a portion of the wine was integrated with French and American oak for up to two years to smooth and round the tannins, add complexity and depth of f lavor. Finally, each of the lots were tasted daily to determine exactly which would be selected to go into crafting this Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Oak Treatment||A portion of the wine was integrated with French and American oak for up to two years|
|Blend||91% Cabernet Sauvignon. 3% Mourvedre, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Petite Sirah, remaining 2% of the balance is mixed red varietals|