This classic Stags Leap District Cabernet shows blackberry, crushed plum, Tellicherry peppercorn and cassis with loads of dark chocolate, pencil lead and a profound minerality suggestive of great Bordeaux (this estate was founded shortly after the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting with an eye to competing with the best of Bordeaux). Silky texture and black fruit essence play out on a foundation of fine-grained tannins.
When it came down to choosing the wine for the third “centennial” Lot offering, Lot 300, it was a choice between two wines, the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet from the same producer as Lot 200 and the wine we are releasing today, or a “Reserve” designated 2009 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon. Both wines suit the bill perfectly though it made more sense to us to continue the Lot 300 tradition with the same producer as Lot 200. Lot 303 2009 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is, in my opinion, every bit as good at Lot 300 and, in fact, the crowds were evenly split between the two wines at our Customer Appreciation events in NYC. Hold onto your hats for our best Stags Leap Cabernet to date. It comes directly out of the $100+ “Reserve” programs from one of the pioneers of the Stags Leap District. The vineyards are located in both the volcanic hillsides and alluvial soils of the eastern edge of the Napa Valley. The wine is sourced from their best sites terraced just below the palisades of Stags Leap on both hillsides and alluvial fans.