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Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association

2018 Appellation Collection A luxury collection of 16 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignons

Rebirth of "Cool"

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After the sequence of five warm vintages and early harvests, we had almost become accustomed to "warm" as the new normal. Mother Nature turned that trend around and brought "the cool" back in Stags Leap District. We had near normal rainfall in winter and a warm spring, but cool temperatures in late August and early September slowed things quite a bit. It was this slow grape ripening that allowed ample hang time for perfect phenolic maturity and fruit that is supple and graceful.

With the 2018 harvest gifting tannins to perfectly ripen in the skins and seeds, beautiful acidity and lower sugars were well preserved for age worthy and balanced wines. A cool vintage delivers many advantages in crafting Cabernet Sauvignon — a freshness and a layered depth to the wines that is delightful. The finesse, grace, and complexity of the aromatics of this cool vintage will be one to remember and not to be missed.

“The 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet vintage belongs in an echelon with the finest of the past two decades. The best wines show control, poise and transparency between vineyard and appellation.”
— Matthew Luczy, Decanter

“So how does 2018 stack up? Frankly, I can’t remember being this excited about a vintage in many a year. 2018 is a complete knockout, with phenomenal potential. To my palate, these are some of the best wines that Napa has seen in almost a decade.”
— Alder Yarrow, Vinography

16 Prestigious Cabernets

Baldacci Family Vineyards
2018 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Chimney Rock Winery
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ganymede Vineyard

Cliff Lede Vineyards
2018 Magic Nights Cabernet Sauvignon

Clos du Val
2018 Hirondelle Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Ilsley Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Lindstrom Wines
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Malk Family Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Pine Ridge Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Quixote Winery
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Regusci Winery
2018 'The Elders' Cabernet Sauvignon

Shafer Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

Silverado Vineyards
2018 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
2018 FAY Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags' Leap Winery
2018 The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Steltzner Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Taylor Family Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve