Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


2011 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 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 flavors 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 2011 offering.

Tasting Notes

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The 2011 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon offers vibrant chocolate-covered cherry aromas along with notes of roasted chestnuts and black tea with clove spice. The wine has a lovely core of red berry fruit along with bigger tannins and a pleasing cardamom note on the finish. The wine’s structured tannins, concentrated fruit core and pleasing minerality point to this wine’s ability to age.

Appellation:
Napa Valley
Blend:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol:
13.5%
pH:
3.68
Total Acidity:
0.55 g/100 mL
Barrel Aging:
20 months
100% new French oak
Fermentation:
100% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
100%
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