Stags Leap District Winegrowers: A Collaboration
After receiving the grapes at these 16 wineries, each evening's harvest was sorted, destemmed and meticulously crafted into its own distinct lot of exceptional quality utilizing the uncompromising efforts of multiple cellar teams. After seeing elevage in new French oak barrels for one year, these lots were provided to a winemaking committee selected by its peers.
Upon rigorous evaluation, a diamond hewn from the rough was blended, and laid to rest in the cellar for several more months. This allowed the 100% new French oak cooperage to properly integrate with the flavors of the elixirs proffered by 16 neighborhood teams known to be outstanding in their field. Being bottled unfined and unfiltered, the attributes of this appellation and the craftsmanship of our dedicated vintners are the ultimate expression of our terroir.
The 2021 growing season was a prime example of why Napa Valley is such a great place to grow grapes, and while the yields were below average, from a quality standpoint, it was a vintage year. This one-of-a-kind wine is a brilliant case in point, grabbing your attention from first whiff. Raspberry cola, earth and caramel are ensconced in undulating wafts of roast coffee and baking spice. Smooth and round upon entry, with a hint of blackcap raspberry, there is a powdered sugar tannin profile that starts early and extends out long into the finish. Notes of cherry cordial and cocoa powder transform into those of poached plum and espresso as the wine softly echoes on the palate. This wine is a powerhouse now and will benefit from multiple decades of proper cellar aging.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: Only four barrels (100 cases) were made
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