Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association

2015 Tasting Notes

Baldacci Family Vineyards

2015 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Rolando Herrera & Ricardo Herrera Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French oak; 75% new, 25% used Tasting Profile: The 2015 Black Label has deep, black, jammy dark fruit aromas and flavors. It is rich on the palate, with gorgeous supple tannins that are seductive and balanced. This wine draws you in and 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 works with you!
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Chimney Rock Winery

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ganymede Vineyard

Winemaker: Elizabeth Vianna Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 100% new French oak Tasting Profile: The 2015 Ganymede Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is vibrant with aromas of Bing cherry, black currant, mocha, 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

2015 Moon Fantasy, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christopher Tynan Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc Barrel Age and Type: 21 months in French oak Tasting Profile: The 2015 Moon Fantasy charms the taster with its alluring perfume of violets and night blooming jasmine. Exquisitely precise flavors of blackberry and cassis unfold along the palate with scents of cigar box and orange liqueur soaring along the upper register of the olfactory. There is a lithe, almost gravity defying agility in the way the lush tannins play out along the long finish.

Clos Du Val

2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hirondelle Vineyard

Winemaker: Ted Henry Blend: 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 100% new French oak (Sylvain, Taransaud, Baron) Tasting Profile: This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was grown from four of the best blocks of the Hirondelle Estate Vineyard. The wine has deep violet aromas with a hint of forest floor. Displaying flavors of raspberry jam, toast, espresso and fresh pastry, there is a long, velvety finish.
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Ilsley Vineyards

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Heather Pyle Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc Barrel Age and Type: 22 months in French oak; 60% new Tasting Profile: Deepest ruby red in color, aroma starts with bright fruit, cherry and raspberry with a touch of cedar, vanilla and black pepper. Full fruity entry on palate with great structure for aging.
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Lindstrom Wines

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Celia Welch Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in 100% French oak Tasting Profile: The 2015 Lindstrom Cabernet bursts with dark cherry aromas, surrounded by cinnamon bark, blueberry jam and dark toasty oak tones. Broad, juicy and velvety soft at entry. The finish echos the fruit-forward aromas of with base notes of black tea and a touch of graphite to add gravitas.
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Malk Family Vineyards

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Robbie Meyer Blend: 100% Cabernet Barrel Age and Type: 22 months in French oak; 70% new Tasting Profile: The 2015 vintage continues four years of warm, dry vintages in the Stags Leap District, providing excellent conditions to grow wines of great intensity and concentration. This Cabernet shows beautiful aromas of cassis, blackberry, and blueberry with intriguing expressions of vanilla spice, chocolate and fresh earth. The textured palate has great structure and presence, but finishes remarkably smooth and rich.
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Odette Estate Winery

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jeff Owens Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French oak; 75% new Tasting Profile: Augmented notes of sweet black raspberries, black cherries and black currants accompanied by natural violets, shaved graphite and dried cloves tease the nose. Impenetrably purple in color, lavish and full-bodied, this wine is decadent and mouth-coating, with rich layers of dark fruits that canvas the palate leading into a nearly never-ending finish.
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Pine Ridge Vineyards

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Michael Beaulac Blend: 97.12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.8% Petit Verdot, 1.08% Malbec Barrel Age and Type: 23 months in 100% French oak Tasting Profile: This wine is powerful, with hints of dark berry and dark chocolate jumping out of the glass. A hint of truffle permeates throughout giving a nice note next to the sweetness that this wine imparts in the mid-palate. It finishes with mouth-watering beauty and elegance that will make you come back for more. Made to drink now, this wine will age beautifully for 15-20 years.
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Quixote Winery

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Aaron Pott Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 24 months in 100% French oak Tasting Profile: The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, SLD presents seductive notes of Bing cherry, red raspberry and black currant. In the mouth, well-rounded tannins with medium density and a firm mid-palate finish with enjoyable, subtle hints of anise complete the wine. 475 cases bottled.
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Regusci Winery

2015 'The Elders' Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Bertus van Zyl Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 18 months in American oak Tasting Profile: Subtly cool and balanced dark berry and flint rock notes make their presence known in the nose. Across the palate, the wine unfolds with lavish flavors of blackberry, maraschino cherry and chocolate truffle. Infinitely approachable, with seamlessly integrated tannins, The Elders is a wine you will savor to the last drop.
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Shafer Vineyards

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

Winemaker: Elias Fernandez Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Malbec Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French oak (Allier and Tronçais); 100% new Tasting Profile: The 2015 bursts with bright, energetic aromas and flavors of fresh black cherry, black plum right from the tree, pomegranate, wet slate, peppercorn, lavender, and savory herbs. The flavors have long, beautiful length in the mouth and the wine's classic Stags Leap District tannins offer structure and promise for delicious things to come in the cellar.
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Silverado Vineyards

2015 SOLO, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Jon Emmerich Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 17 months in French oak; 50% new Tasting Profile: Intense fruit, toasty oak and spice lead to a velvety, long finish with mild tannins.
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

2015 FAY Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Marcus Notaro Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 22 months in French oak; 89% new Tasting Profile: The 2015 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon offers an inviting nose of ripe raspberry, boysenberry and black cherry fruit along with hints of cinnamon and lightly roasted coffee. The palate has a rich core of fruit and silky tannins that lead to a lingering berry pie and baking spice filled finish.
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Stags' Leap Winery

2015 The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Christophe Paubert Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in 100% French oak Tasting Profile: The 2015 The Leap is multilayered and rich with concentrated flavors of blackberry, black cherry and black plum, alongside sweet baking spice and savory notes. Balanced and complex, with hints of chocolate, dark cocoa, mocha and black pepper on the lengthy finish. Fine grained tannins support the iconic power and intensity of this Cabernet, representing the opulence and grace of the estate.
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Steltzner Vineyards

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Mike Smith and Robert Pepi Blend: 15% Petit Verdot, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 20 months in French oak; 90% new Tasting Profile: Luscious rich blue fruits initially on the palate, with bright violet on the finish. Classical Stags Leap District with notes of currants, ripe red fruits, with a velvet texture enveloping your mouth. Hand-picked and fermented in French Oak barrels, giving the most natural expression of the vineyard site located just below the Stags Leap palisades.
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Taylor Family Vineyards

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Winemaker: Gustavo Brambila Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Age and Type: 30 months in French oak; 100% new Tasting Profile: The 2015 Taylor Family Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and rich with dark cherry, blackberry, cassis, cigar box tobacco and hints of violet. The classic Stags Leap District terroir boasts supple fruit and beautifully integrated barrel tannins with notes of vanilla, mocha and spice. Classic Old World in style this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared another 12-15 years.
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