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Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association

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Baldacci Family Vineyards

2019 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Michael Baldacci Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 22 months in 75% new French oak Tasting Profile: The rich front end of the wine carries through to a long, complex finish. The Baldaccis have twelve distinct vineyard blocks including a rare south-eastern facing slope on a volcanic knoll. This wine has dimension and ultimately, it is this layered complexity with multiple facets that tie the entire vineyard together into one unified expression of Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Chimney Rock Winery

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ganymede Vineyard

Winemaker: Elizabeth Vianna Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 18 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: The graceful 2019 vintage gifted our Ganymede Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon with heady aromas of black currant, mocha, and notes of clove and violets. The palate ensues with an opulent richness, a rich and fruit-forward mid-palate finishing off with silky tannins and bright acidity. This exquisite wine delivers the essence of Stags Leap District's full potential — that perfect balance of power and finesse.
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Cliff Lede Vineyards

2019 "Roundabout Midnight" Cabernet Sauvignon, Rock Block Series

Winemaker: Christopher Tynan Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet FrancBarrel Age and Type: 21 months in 74% new French oak Tasting Profile: This hedonistic elixir unleashes an exceptional fragrance of violets, blackberry preserves, slate, and unctuous warm plums. Dark and brooding, the satiny entry continues seamlessly across the palate whilst flavors of cedar, lilac, and black licorice candy dance and sing effortlessly to a long and energetic finish.
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Clos du Val

2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hirondelle Vineyard

Winemaker: Carmel Greenberg Blend: 100% Estate Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 18 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: A beautiful representation of Stags Leap District terroir, the 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and expressive with a concentrated nose of black cherry, cinnamon, and molasses. On the palate, the wine is powerful yet elegant with a core of silky texture and polished tannin. Bold flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, truffe, and black licorice are followed by a long, smooth finish.
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Ilsley Vineyards

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Tony Arcudi Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 22 months in 60% new French oak Tasting Profile: Luminous red garnet in the glass, notes of raspberry, cedar, fennel pollen, pink peppercorn and crème caramel on the nose, are a perfect prelude to the elegance within. A seductive opening of candied fruits and cocoa powder deepen mid-palate into a complex blend of plum, red earth, essence of vanilla and creamy cassis. Graceful, refined and sophisticated, pair with surf and turf, braised short rib risotto, and a beautiful sunset.
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Lindstrom Wines

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Celia Welch Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 18 months in 60% new French oak Tasting Profile: Loaded with very ripe dark raspberry and cherry aromas, plus notes of cinnamon, clove, cedar, cocoa nibs and vanilla, the aromas on this fully ripe Cabernet Sauvignon show intensity and integration even at this early date. At entry, the wine is soft and broad, with rich tannins nicely resolved. The mid-palate shows a sense of density and gravity, while the finish displays a touch of sweet aniseed and a long, juicy black-cherry finish.
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Malk Family Vineyards

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Robbie Meyer Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 18 months 70% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2019 vintage provided a classic Napa growing season, with winter rains providing just enough ground water resulting in a bit lower yields. The mild to warm growing season allowed the fruit to ripen evenly with a slightly early harvest. This resulted in a Cabernet Sauvignon that is fruit forward, with wonderfully balanced tannin and a depth and finesse that will provide pleasure for years to come.
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Pine Ridge Vineyards

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Josh Widaman Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 1% Petit VerdotBarrel Age and Type: 18 months in 70% neutral French oak; 30% new American oak Tasting Profile: Handfuls of smushed, ripe blueberries and freshly sharpened graphite bound out of the glass. Mouth-watering acidity, balanced by finely integrated tannins, are enveloped by flavors of cinnamon spiced plum with vanilla accents. On the finish, aromatics of French press coffee, mixed berries and coconut slowly recede into the distance.
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Quixote Winery

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Robert Smith and Philippe Melka Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 30 months in 50% new French oak Tasting Profile: A bouquet of cinnamon, cherries, baking spice and cedar. Soft across the palate, this wine has fine-grained tannins and offers flavors of dark fruits, blackberry, chocolate ganache and is loaded with fresh berries. A medium density wine, it has a lengthy and juicy finish.
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Regusci Winery

2019 'The Elders' Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Bill Nancarrow Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 18 months in 60% new French oak Tasting Profile: Opening with fresh blackberries, allspice and subtle hints of vanilla bean on the nose, the 2019 'The Elders' Cabernet Sauvignon gives way to tart black currants, baking spices, bright acidity on the palate, and finishes clean with smooth tannins.
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Shafer Vineyards

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

Winemaker: Elias Fernandez Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit VerdotBarrel Age and Type: 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels (Allier & Tronçais) Tasting Profile: 2019 One Point Five fills your glass with a generous, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon offering aromas and flavors of bright black cherry, red currant, cranberry, lavender, allspice, and crushed herbs. All this lush, vivid fruit is seamlessly brought together with ripe, cashmere-like tannins that promise years of beauty ahead with careful cellaring.
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Silverado Vineyards

2019 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jon Emmerich & Elena Franceschi Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 18 months in 100% French oak; 47% new Tasting Profile: Aromas of wild blueberry pie, boysenberry, and herbal nuances of tobacco and bay leaf. Full-bodied with a focused core of berries, tart cherries intertwine with rich dark cherry liquor flavors. Finely textured powdery tannins and the signature SLD graphite and mineral notes are well-knit with the fruit and lightly toasted oak, finished with hints of black pepper and cedar. The Manhattan of wine.
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

2019 FAY Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Marcus Notaro Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 21 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2019 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon delivers fragrant aromas of ripe raspberry and boysenberry along with hints of jasmine, gardenia and nutmeg. The wine has a lively mouthfeel with polished tannins, a juicy mid-palate and a silky finish bursting with red fruits and berries. Try pairing this estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon with baby back ribs with saba glaze, maple soy glazed salmon or eggplant parmesan.
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Stags' Leap Winery

2019 The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christophe Paubert Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Tannat, 3% MerlotBarrel Age and Type: 20 months in 60% new French oak Tasting Profile: The Leapffo ers dark, alluring, layered intensity with notes of black berry fruit alongside a rich, mouth-enveloping texture. Aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, raspberry, and black cherry alongside cedar, allspice, graphite, espresso, olive tapenade, and chaparral herbs. Depth and finesse are interwoven with power, grace, and structure, full of velvety tannins and a long, lingering finish.
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Steltzner Vineyards

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Mike Smith Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 21 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: Grown on their historic estate at the base of the Stags Leap Palisades, the 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the strength and elegance of the District. Produced from a dry farmed single block, this wine explodes with dark red fruits, is laced with deep layers of cassis, a luxurious mouthfeel, opulent tannins and a lingering finish. Its beautiful notes of exotic spice come from small lot French oak barrels. Decant to drink now.
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Taylor Family Vineyards

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Winemaker: Gustavo Brambila Blend: 100% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Age and Type: 30 months in 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2019 Stags Leap Reserve Cabernet is big and bold, with layers of complexity and rich velvety tannins. The aromatics offer dark cherry, bramble berry and blueberry compote with hints of violet, slate and leaf tobacco. Approachable and refined now, this wine will age at least another decade.
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