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Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association

2016 Tasting Notes

Baldacci Family Vineyards

2016 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Rolando Herrera & Michael Baldacci Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 22 months in 75% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2016 Black Label has rich black fruit aromas and flavors. It is intense on the palate, with gorgeous supple tannins that are seductive and balanced. This wine keeps your attention with layers of cocoa powder, new French oak and a long, juicy finish of perfectly ripe, dark berries. This is a wine that exemplifies the Stags Leap District.
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Chimney Rock Winery

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ganymede Vineyard

Winemaker: Elizabeth Vianna Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2016 Ganymede Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is vibrant with aromas of blackberry, black currant, cocoa, toffee and hints of vanilla. On the palate this full-bodied Cabernet is smooth and lush, with a rich mid-palate which ends with a long and silky finish.
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Cliff Lede Vineyards

2016 Soul Fire, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christopher Tynan Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc Barrel Age and Type: 21 months in 62% new French oak Tasting Profile: The tantalizing 2016 Soul Fire is a sexy, purple-hued beauty that radiates charm and warmth. Dark gobs of cassis and blackberry layer atop a core of sumptuous black fig, tinged with notes of spring violets and burning embers. The olfactory is draped in fragrances and flavors of lavender and chocolate ganache. A fresh acidity gives energy to the bright and long ultra fine finish.
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Clos Du Val

2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hirondelle Vineyard

Winemaker: Ted Henry Blend: 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 21 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was grown from four of the estate’s best blocks of the Hirondelle Estate Vineyard. The wine has deep black currant aromas with a hint of clove. Displaying flavors of blueberry, toast, espresso and fresh cream, there is a long, velvety finish.
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Ilsley Vineyards

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Heather Pyle Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in 65% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2016 Ilsley Cabernet is rich and supple upon entry. Softer and broader than the 2015 vintage, the wine is equally fruit forward with ripe plum and raspberry on the palate with just a touch of sage or lavender. The color is inky, dark and firm. Dense tannins give the wine weight and will allow it to age for decades to come.
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Lindstrom Wines

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Celia Welch Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 19 months in French oak Tasting Profile: The property’s rocky, hillside vineyard is quite consistent at producing wines of tremendous concentration both in flavor and texture. The dark berry and cocoa notes in the aromas foretell the intensity of flavor at first taste. With blackberries, cassis, chai tea and cocoa powder flavors intertwined, the texture is approachable even at release. The mid-palate structure and concentration melt in supple tannins and finish with a sense of lush, juicy red berries.
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Malk Family Vineyards

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Robbie Meyer Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 70% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2016 Cabernet shows off the classic qualities of the vineyard. Blackberry and chocolate-cherry fruit are present, but complemented with violet oral notes and gravely minerality. The aromatics grow and evolve in the glass, revealing layer after layer. A smooth entry opens to a very broad and textured palate. The wonderful structure of the wine works beautifully lending weight and texture all the way through to the finish.
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Odette Estate Winery

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jeff Owens Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 75% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2016 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, is laced with notes of blueberry pie, black currants, black cherries, crushed gravel, spring flowers, fresh lavender, and potpourri. Rich, layered and opaque purple in color, this mouth filling beauty coats the palate as it leads into the weightless, exuberant finish.
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Pine Ridge Vineyards

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Michael Beaulac Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec Barrel Age and Type: 27 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: Pencil shavings, dark plum, coffee, hazelnut, bing cherry, and cinnamon graham cracker aromas jump from the glass. The sweet, ripe entry reveals toasty oak and rich layered flavors mimicking the aromas. The fruit carries through to the finish, which is long, spicy, and brooding. This is an elegant wine to enjoy now or save and watch it develop further.
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Quixote Winery

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Philippe Melka Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 21 months in 70% new French oak Tasting Profile: Bing cherry and black currant notes complement soft, rounded tannins with medium density and a firm mid-palate, finishing with hints of anise.
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Regusci Winery

2016 'The Elders' Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Bertus van Zyl Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in American oak Tasting Profile: The 2016 vintage opens with aromas of dark raspberry, black currant, espresso beans and sprinkled with notes of cedar, caramel, and vanilla. A big, broad entry with dark fruit, while maintaining elegance and balance. A velvet soft texture, with well-rounded and ripe tannins, leaves you with loads of freshness on the finish.
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Shafer Vineyards

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

Winemaker: Elias Fernandez Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: The vintage provided ripe, beautiful fruit with abundant aromas and flavors. Round, rich and smooth, this classic Cabernet is aromatic in the glass, and complex and compelling in the mouth serving up layers of red and black fruit: red plum, briar and bramble fruit, black cherry, berry compote, and pomegranate with a touch of savory herbs. The tannins are structured and ripe, promising a long, delicious life in your cellar.
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Silverado Vineyards

2016 SOLO, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jon Emmerich Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in French oak Tasting Profile: Deep, dark, saturated color. Aroma of crushed stone and mineral cohabitating with bright fruit and savory fresh herbs. Dark cherry and blackberry; spiced fruit flavor components. Young, slightly grainy texture, long bright finish — tastes amazing.
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

2016 FAY Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Marcus Notaro Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: Generous and inviting, the 2016 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon has vibrant aromas of ripe raspberry, blueberry spice, and boysenberry with a touch of nutmeg. The palate is loaded with blueberry and black cherry flavors wrapped around soft and silky tannins. Bright berry notes linger on the persistent finish.
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Stags' Leap Winery

2016 The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christophe Paubert Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 100% French oak; 50% new Tasting Profile: Intense, multi-layered, rich and approachable with blackberry, blueberry and macerated strawberry aromas. The palate is elegant, fresh and complex, showing dark blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry followed by hints of chocolate, espresso and black olive. With mouth-pleasing tannins and a silky lithe texture, this Cabernet represents the opulence and grace of the estate.
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Steltzner Vineyards

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Mike Smith and Bob Pepi Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 90% new French oak Tasting Profile: Sourced from their eastward facing bench land, “Pool Block”, this Cabernet Sauvignon is located directly below the Stags Leap Palisades mountains. Beautiful intensity with complex wild berries on the nose, semi-sweet chocolate, fresh herbs with briary notes. The aromas carry over to the flavors on the palate with a deep earthy character, luscious mouthfeel and seductive finish.
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Taylor Family Vineyards

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Winemaker: Gustavo Brambila Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 30 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: Round, opulent and lush with aromatics of blackberry, currant, violet, spice, tobacco, and cedar with a hint of minerality. The mouth is full and supple with layers of dark fruit, anise and herbal notes and a soft velvety finish.
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