Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


2009 S.L.V.

Cabernet Sauvignon

S.L.V., also known as Stag’s Leap Vineyards, is the winery’s first vineyard. Planted in 1970, this vineyard achieved international fame when three-year-old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that stunned the wine world when it bested some of France’s greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the “Judgment of Paris.” Today, this history-making vineyard continues to produce wines with layers of complexity, spicy intensity and excellent structure—promising long life and ageability.

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 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 vinifi ed 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 2009 offering.

Tasting Notes

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Rich and inviting, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers powerful blackberry and black cherry aromas with hints of cigar box and spice. The black fruit carries over onto the palate and is accented by notes of anise, mandarin orange, violets and cassis. The tannins are smooth and fi ne-grained, allowing the wine to flow smoothly across the palate. The wine has great acidity and a persistent fruit-driven finish.

Acclaim

2009 Vintage
91 Points
The Wine Advocate
12/01/2011
2009 Vintage
93 Points
Wine & Spirits
02/01/2013
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Appellation:
Napa Valley
Blend:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol:
13.5%
pH:
3.82
Total Acidity:
0.54g/100ml
Barrel Aging:
20 months
84% new French oak
16% previously filled French oak
Fermentation:
100% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
100%
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