Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

2011 FAY Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards & Winemaking

FAY vineyard remains one the great Napa Valley vineyards, producing fruit with an abundance of supple red and black berry character, voluptuous perfume and a luscious, fine-grained texture. Almost two-thirds of the Cabernet Sauvignon for the 2011 blend comes from blocks in the lower and middle sections of the FAY vineyard, which give the wine its classic red-fruit tones and aromatic top notes. The balance was sourced from the upper section (eastern blocks) of FAY, which tends to be more powerful and lends structure to the wine. When the various lots are blended and aged in French oak barrels, the resulting wine gives us the classic expression that is a hallmark of our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, β€œan iron fist in a velvet glove.”

Tasting Notes

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This wine opens with inviting aromas of dark raspberry, mocha and vanilla with a hint of red licorice. This vintage also shows the signature bright cherry note of the vineyard. The aromas are followed by red and blue fruit flavors that meld with black licorice, black raspberry tea and sage on the palate. The wine has a sweet fruit entry with structured tannins – promising long life in the cellar – and a lingering floral note on the finish.

Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acidity:
0.57 g/100 mL
Barrel Aging:
20 months
100% new French oak
100% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
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