Linking this history with Stags’ Leap Winery Co-Founder Horace Chase, and his family motto, “Sed Contra Audentior Ito,” comes the fifth release of Audentia. The inimitable blend pays tribute to that motto - “Always Push Harder” - crafted from the Estate’s most select Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah vineyards that push to produce the most expressive and distinct fruit. Winemaker Christophe Paubert drew on his curiosity to capture the essence of Stags’ Leap and all of its cherished nuances, hand-selecting only the finest lots and barrels for the unique blend.
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The marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah in this extraordinary estate wine highlights the rich heritage of the property, and natural lineage of the Estate, as well as the balance of power and finesse between these varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon has a longstanding history as the Stags Leap District’s signature varietal, and the district’s unique location where erosion from the palisades has become the source of its volcanic soils, creates a distinctive characteristic, now synonymous with the modern reputation for Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignons. Cabernet lots were hand-selected from a singular expanse of our estate vineyards that features thin, rocky soils in its upper reaches, giving way to finer-grained loamy soils at its floor.
Petite Sirah was sourced exclusively from Block 9, long known as one of the winery’s highest-performing blocks that delivers each year with deep blue and red fruit we liken to Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of the two varietals results in a blend that’s both powerful and concentrated, balanced and elegant. Special care was made in preserving purity of fruit and selecting Petite Sirah that would strengthen without overpowering the Cabernet Sauvignon. The provocative varietal was planted on the property before the winery was established in 1893, and today it remains integral to the Estate’s winemaking legacy and fan devotees.
Grapes for the blend are hand-picked in the vineyard and hand-sorted at the winery and fermented in a combination of small, closed tanks and 500-liter neutral oak barrels. Additionally, the lots undergo a long, (almost month-long), maceration period which adds color, tannin and complexity of flavors to the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.
Varietal Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petite Sirah, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Cases Produced: 677