Vintage 2015
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 2015 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. The Stags' Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is expressive with aromas of blueberry, wild briar patch, dusty leather and exotic floral notes. The palate is lush and soft with a core of juicy fruit and intriguing dried spice complexity. The ripe, round tannins are mouthcoating and lead to lasting and flavorful finish.

Vineyard Notes

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 Notes

Good growing conditions throughout the season led vintage 2015 to come in early with very good quality across the board for whites and reds. A cooler than normal late spring during flowering kept yields down, as did the effects from California’s continued drought. Despite this and a hot weather snap in early summer, the overall season was smooth and uneventful. Harvest started early and the grapes came into the winery with beautiful flavor development and concentrated color, resulting in excellent vintage 2015 wines.

Winemaing Notes

To develop this wine’s complex fruit expression, we first cold soaked the destemmed grapes for gentle color and flavor extraction. During fermentation, regular pumpovers incorporated the flavor-rich extract from the skins into the fermenting wine. Malolactic fermentation, which naturally changes the malic acid into softer lactic acid, rounded the flavors. The wine was barrel aged exclusively in French oak (75% new) for 22 months.
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