A one-of-a-kind field blend from the Stags’ Leap Winery estate, the 2009 Ne Cede Malis reveals an opaque purple color that is the first telltale to this compelling wine. Amazingly deep, abundant flavors of blue and black fruit come together with notes of black ground peppercorn, black licorice and violet. Rich, big and expressive, the wine shows all the hallmarks of a great Petite Sirah, but is well-balanced with silky tannins and round texture that suggest incredible aging potential over many years.
A vineyard-driven blend that delivers a unique tasting experience each vintage, the 2009 Ne Cede Malis is a rich, full-bodied wine with incredible texture and concentration. With silky tannins that reflect the age of the source vines, the wine reveals multiple layers of black and red fruit flavors, shot through with notes of violet, spice and tar. This is a one-of-a-kind wine – a rare pleasure which Paubert recommends decanting for full and lasting enjoyment.
Sourced from the oldest block on our Estate with vines planted in 1929, the wine is predominantly Petite Sirah, though it includes at least 16 other varietals in small amounts. Year after year this gracefully aging vineyard produces a small lot of wine – a truly unique field blend that simply could not be produced anywhere else.
The 2009 growing season in Napa Valley was notable for its lack of significant weather events. A dry winter gave way to rains in early spring, and temperate weather at the time of bud break brought little in the way of frost damage. Flowering and fruit set were facilitated by dry weather in late spring, and a relatively moderate summer gave the fruit ample time to ripen slowly to its full potential. There was a brief rain event in early October, but by that time the vast majority of all the grapes were safely in the winery.
Taking a minimalist approach Winemaker Christophe Paubert likes to say that he “guides” rather than “makes” Ne Cede Malis. The carefully tended head trained vines in this 5-acre plot include Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mourvedre, Grenache, Peloursin, Syrah and even Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc among others. After hand picking, the grapes were co-fermented, undergoing a short maceration prior to aging in American oak barrels (25% new) for 12 months.
Varietal Composition: 85% Petite Sirah, 15% Other Varietals