Inaugural Release! The 2017 vintage of the winery exclusive Grower Cabernet Sauvignon marks the inaugural release of this small-lot bottling. Hand picked from vineyards grown in heart of Napa Valley, an area with perfect climate and soils ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2017 vintage in the Napa Valley was smaller yielding but high in quality. The region enjoyed much needed rain during the winter months ending the drought. A short period of warmer than usual temperatures during Labor Day weekend accelerated harvest for early ripening grape varieties, resulting in an intense and, at times, unpredictable harvest. Though yields were lower than usual, the wines show exceptional flavor intensity and conditions were perfect for producing a wine with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.
Winemaker Christophe Paubert has always admired the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the Rutherford appellation for its concentration and iconic “Rutherford Dust” tannin profile. Year after year the appellation is recognized for its distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, and this 2017 vintage marks the inaugural release of this small-lot bottling. Rutherford, which is located in the heart of Napa Valley, has the perfect climate and soils that are ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine captures a pure expression of Cabernet from Napa’s well-known centrally located appellation, which spans the width of the Napa Valley.
The majority of the blend comes from Wildwood Vineyard on the Eastern Rutherford bench. Lying on an alluvial fan along Silverado Trail between Mumm and ZD wineries, the vineyard slopes from the road down to Conn Creek, a tributary of the Napa River. The igneous (volcanic) rock and gravel components of the alluvial soils are an important factor in shaping the wines’ aroma and flavor profiles, which make Wildwood Vineyard wines notably different. Additionally, Cabernet Sauvignon was also sourced from Star Vineyard, located on the south side of Rutherford Cross Road, as its tucked quietly behind the Rutherford Grill restaurant in the heart of the Rutherford AVA. This Iconic vineyard was planted over 60 years ago and is extremely low yielding, resulting in small concentrated berries.
For Christophe Paubert, Winemaker and General Manager at Stags’ Leap Winery, the identity of a wine is found through the terroir. Christophe’s career has spanned the industry from sales to winemaking, and his impressive background includes positions at Chateau d’Yquem and Gruaud-Larose as well as projects in Chile, Spain and Washington State. But it was the terroir of Stags’ Leap that drew him to California.