Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

The Maestro Collection Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent example of the diversity found throughout the Napa Valley. The Stags Leap District, the smallest AVA in the Napa Valley, has coarse, limiting soils which nurture bold, deeply flavored fruit and elegant wines.

Tasting Notes

The Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon opens with expressive aromas of blueberry jam, wild briar patch, dusty leather and violet floral notes. The entry is soft and full with a juicy fruit core and flavors of anise and dried sage adding complexity. The ripe, round tannins are mouthcoating and propel the flavorful palate through to the lingering finish.

Vineyard Note

The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from Spicer Vineyard in the Stags Leap District. Often referred to as a "valley within a valley," the Stags Leap District is bounded on the east by the towering Stags Leap Palisades, to the west by gently rolling hills and the Napa River, to the north by the Yountville Cross Road, and to the south by low-lying flatlands. There are only 2,700 planted acres in the Stags Leap District and 80% of this is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The volcanic soils with overlay of bale loam help nourish powerful yet graceful, lush fruit with soft tannins.

Vintage Note

Napa Valley experienced an excellent 2014 growing season - from spring bud break through flowering and veraison - conditions were ideal. Vintage 2014 will be noted as one of the earliest harvests on record and also remembered throughout the valley for the 6.0 earthquake that struck in August.

Winemaker's Note

To develop this wine’s complex fruit expression, we first cold soaked the destemmed grapes for gentle flavor extraction. During fermentation, regular pumpovers incorporate the flavor-rich skins into the juice. Malolactic fermentation, which naturally changes the malic acid into softer lactic acid, rounds the flavors. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is barrel aged exclusively in French oak (60% new) for 22 months.

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