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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Estate 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.
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 fi re-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.
The growing season in the Napa Valley was fairly mild and cool and we had less than a handful of days with temperatures in the low 100’s. This particular weather pattern allowed us to keep the grape clusters on the vine a bit longer while still producing fruit with great balance and true varietal character. Compared to the frost and heat challenges of 2008, the 2009 vintage was steady and without incident, save for some late season rain which fell well after the grapes for this wine were harvested. As a result, this vintage’s wines exhibit purity of fruit, excellent structure and balance.
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 fine-grained, allowing the wine to flow smoothly across the palate. The wine has great acidity and a persistent fruit-driven finish. Serve S.L.V. with a dry-aged porterhouse steak, grilled game or a wild mushroom tart.
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You must be at least 21 years old to order and receive wine by federal law. By placing an order you represent that you are at least 21 years old. At time of delivery someone 21 years or older must be present during normal business hours to sign for the package. If no one is available during normal business hours at your shipping address to sign for the package we encourage the package to be shipped to your business address to insure fast, interruption-free delivery. We cannot ship wine to PO Boxes or APO addresses. For shipments to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico contact us for shipping quote.
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