94 Points, James Suckling
Will age gracefully for another 10-15 years. Definitely cellar worthy.
Like many Napa Valley AVAs, Stags Leap District is particularly known for its world class Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil here includes loam and clay sediments from the Napa River and volcanic soil deposits left over from erosion of the Vaca Mountains. Each block was carefully planted for optimal sun exposure and produce some of the finest fruit in the valley.
Maintained moderate temperature during fermentation until dry, then basket pressed into 40% new oak for 18 months.
Yields were cut short in 2020, particularly for red wines, as the intensely dry, low-yielding growing season helped deliver some intensely concentrated grapes, many were able to produce some deeply impressive wines capable of long-term cellaring.
Consulting Winemaker: Keith Emerson
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 24th, 2020
Aging: Aged in 40% new French oak for 18 months.
TA: 5.8 g/L
Classic Rutherford, fruit-forward and beautiful, with currants, light vanilla, light herbs and flowers. Medium bodied and backed by Tulare Cherry, Plum, Pine Resin, Tobacco Leaf, Caramel with a polished finish.
Aromas of dark chocolate, mahogany, blackcurrants and black licorice. Polished and rich with a dense and deep core of black fruit. Ripe, muscular tannins with a Chocolatey finish.