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2017 Stags' Leap The Leap Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Stags' Leap The Leap Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags' Leap

2017 Stags' Leap The Leap Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$115.00
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$1,380.00
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Description

Description

The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of the most expressive barrels from select blocks of our century old, 240-acre estate. These blocks produce a long-lived wine that exemplifies both richness and elegance and speaks to the unique terroir of the Stags Leap District.

Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

96

JamesSuckling.com

" Beautiful aromas of currants and crushed strawberries with flowers and cedar. Incense, too. Full-bodied with firm, well poised tannins that show tension and form. Long, flavorful finish. Needs time to soften. Same level quality as 2016? Better after 2023.” - James Suckling

Wine & Vintage Details

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

Our 2017 The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon captures the distinctive personality of our estate vineyard and this wonderful vintage, offering a dark, seductive, full-bodied wine with an intensity of dark berry fruit alongside a plush, creamy texture. This wine is classic Stags Leap District Cabernet, exhibiting blackberry, raspberry and black currant aromas on the nose, along with subtle baking spice notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate and espresso. The palate comes through with interweaving layers of blackberry, deep plum and black currant, alongside delicate nuances of mocha, espresso, graphite and black pepper spice. The mouthfeel is powerful and rich, with depth and structure, full of velvety round tannins and a long, lingering mouth-watering finish. The texture is robust and plentiful, but the intensity is softened by the terroir elements coming through from the well-balanced delicacy and grace that has become synonymous with Stags’ Leap estate wines. Drinks superbly now but demonstrates the opulence and intrigue of the estate, that will allow this Cabernet to age for many years to come.

Vintage Note

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. The wines show exceptional flavor intensity and conditions were perfect for producing a wine with beautiful fruit as well as highly saturated color and layers of complexity.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Stags Leap AVA

Stags Leap

Vineyard Note

Our 2017 The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon captures the distinctive personality of our estate vineyard and this wonderful vintage, offering a dark, seductive, full-bodied wine with an intensity of dark berry fruit alongside a plush, creamy texture. This wine is classic Stags Leap District Cabernet, exhibiting blackberry, raspberry and black currant aromas on the nose, along with subtle baking spice notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate and espresso. The palate comes through with interweaving layers of blackberry, deep plum and black currant, alongside delicate nuances of mocha, espresso, graphite and black pepper spice. The mouthfeel is powerful and rich, with depth and structure, full of velvety round tannins and a long, lingering mouth-watering finish. The texture is robust and plentiful, but the intensity is softened by the terroir elements coming through from the well-balanced delicacy and grace that has become synonymous with Stags’ Leap estate wines. Drinks superbly now but demonstrates the opulence and intrigue of the estate, that will allow this Cabernet to age for many years to come.

Winemaking Note

The Leap is a barrel selection and blend of the best Cabernet Sauvignon blocks, lots and cooperages. The long maceration period added color, tannin and complexity of flavors to the Cabernet Sauvignon. Additionally, each lot was held separately in French oak barrels (60% new) for 20 months before Winemaker Christophe Paubert hand selected the most expressive of them to blend just prior to bottling. Keeping each block separate allows close monitoring of each individual lot through aging, maximizing the depth and potential of the estate vineyards.

Christophe Paubert - Winemaker

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.

Winemaker Christophe Paubert

Alcohol % 14%
Enclosure Type Cork
Oak Treatment Aged in 100% French Oak barrels (60% new) for 20 months
Blend 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec

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