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FAY 12A lies at the foot of the Stags Leap Palisades.

A Little More Fay

In November 2001, not long after Stags Leap District winegrowing pioneer Nathan Fay died at the age of eighty-four, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars purchased the seventy-seven acres adjoining the FAY vineyard from Nathan’s family, reunifying the lands that Nathan originally owned.

The purchase allowed a small expansion of the original FAY, which the winery purchased from Nathan in 1986. The land acquired in 2001 included two-plus acres of vines—Nathan’s last vineyard, which he planted when he was eighty-three and which is now FAY Block 12A.

FAY 12A is hillside acreage on the eastern side of the vineyard. It is planted to the Cabernet Sauvignon clone that Stag's Leap Wine Cellars first obtained from Nathan Fay over three decades ago to plant S.L.V. We are also planting three more blocks next to 12A, on previously uncultivated land. Development of Blocks 12B and 12C is underway, and a Block 14 is planned. (Call us superstitious, but there won’t be a FAY Block 13.)

These new blocks total a little over five acres, increasing FAY by about 10 percent. They appear to share some of the "fire" qualities of concentration and structure that are yielded by the predominantly volcanic soils of neighboring S.L.V.

"From a soils standpoint, Blocks 12B and C actually share more similarity with S.L.V. Block 4"—a key contributor to CASK 23—"than with upper FAY," reports Director of Winegrowing Charlie Hossom. "Great fruit, no matter how you look at it."