Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


2010 S.L.V.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards & Winemaking

The vineyard blocks in S.L.V. provided a “painter’s palette” of Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics with which to create this blend. As the majority of the 1970s-era vines have aged past their grape-producing prime, they have been gradually replanted, perpetuating the life of this historic Napa Valley vineyard. The “grande dame” of the vineyard, S.L.V. Block 4,planted in 1972, still graces this blend. These vines along with blocks on the eastern side of S.L.V., characterized by their fire-borne volcanic soils, give this wine its structure and sense of minerality along with concentrated dark fruit fl avors and ripe, elegant tannins. Vines in alluvial soils in the western part of the vineyard add vibrant fruit accent notes and heady aromatics. Each lot was vinified and aged separately in small French oak barrels for 20 months, allowing the characteristics of each block to develop. In the latter stages of aging, the barrel lots were blended to create the 2010 offering.

Tasting Notes

The 2010 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon offers ripe black cherry and blueberry aromas with hints of cedar and spice. A powerful entry leads to a rich and full palate of black currant and red fruit with anise and cocoa top notes. The wine’s structured tannins, concentrated fruit core and pleasing minerality point to this wine’s ability to age.

Acclaim

2010 Vintage
94 Points
The Wine Advocate
12/01/2012
2010 Vintage
91 Points
Wine & Spirits
02/01/2014
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Appellation:
Napa Valley
Blend:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol:
14%
pH:
3.72
Total Acidity:
0.59g/100ml
Barrel Aging:
21 months
94% new French oak
6% previously filled French oak
Fermentation:
100% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
100%
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