Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon offers power and concentration while maintaining our signature elegance. Linking this history with Stags' Leap Winery Co-Founder Horace Chase, and his family motto, 'Sed Contra Audentior Ito,' comes the fourth release of Audentia. The inimitable blend pays tribute to that motto - 'Always Push Harder' - crafted from the Estate's most select Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah vineyards that push to produce the most expressive and distinct fruit. Winemaker Christophe Paubert drew on his curiosity to capture the essence of Stags' Leap and all of its cherished nuances, hand-selecting only the finest lots and barrels for the unique blend.
“Made solely from the estate's Block 11—a limited-vigor site that consistently delivers smaller berries and clusters—the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Audentia delivers notes of cassis, mocha, cinnamon and a hint of redder fruit in the raspberry-cherry spectrum. Full-bodied, velvety and rich, there's lots of concentration and structure here but still plenty of fruit to stand up to the 72% new French oak.” - Joe Czerwinski, September 2022
The 2019 harvest started one to two weeks later than previous years, mostly due to February rains, but because the vines were in their winter dormancy, it did not affect the 2019 crop. Spring continued to be wet with some rain during flowering, followed by cool temperatures that allowed the grapes to mature gradually. Most grapes ripened at lower sugars, thanks to the extended, cool growing season, and winemakers were pleased with the full flavors, fresh acidity, and superb balance of the 2019 fruit. The resulting crop showed a modest yield with a slightly more compact structure and extract than in previous years.
The marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot in this extraordinary estate wine highlights the rich heritage of the property, and natural lineage of the Estate, as well as the balance of power and finesse between each of these varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon has a longstanding history as the Stags Leap District’s signature varietal, and the district’s unique location, where erosion from the palisades has become the source of its volcanic soils, creating a distinctive characteristic, now synonymous with the modern reputation for Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignons. Cabernet lots were hand-selected from a singular expanse of our estate vineyards that features thin, rocky soils in its upper reaches, giving way to finer-grained loamy soils at its floor.
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.
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