Our 2015 The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon captures the distinctive personality of our estate vineyard and the outstanding vintage, which crafted a wine of deep color intensity, a multilayered mouthfeel and deep, pure, richness. This wine is classic Stags Leap District Cabernet, offering blackberry and black cherry aromas on the nose, along with subtle sweet baking spice and savory notes from the beautiful oak integration. On the palate, there is elegance, balance and complexity, showing ripe juicy blackberry, black cherry and black plum. On the incredibly lengthy finish, you find hints of chocolate, dark cocoa, mocha and black pepper spice. With fine grained mouth-pleasing tannins, this Cabernet exhibits the iconic power and intensity that have become synonymous with Stags’ Leap estate wines and drinks beautifully, representing the opulence and grace of the estate.
Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with Napa Valley and has always been a mainstay in the winemaking program at Stags’ Leap Winery. The Leap is sourced from select Cabernet Sauvignon blocks within our Stags’ Leap Winery estate vineyard that are twenty-five years old, on average. This singular expanse of earth tucked up against the eastern palisades of Napa Valley features thin, rocky soils in its upper reaches, giving way to finer-grained loamy soils at its floor. The heat-reflecting palisades, with their towering rocky crags, provide consistent warmth over the estate and help balance the cooling breezes from the south. This pronounced micro-climate is remarkably well-suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes of distinction.
The Leap is a barrel selection, a blend of the best Cabernet Sauvignon blocks, lots and cooperages in a given vintage. Each lot undergoes a long, (almost month-long), maceration period which adds color, tannin and complexity of flavors to the Cabernet Sauvignon. Additionally, each lot was held separately in French oak barrels (50% new) for 20 months before Winemaker Christophe Paubert hand selected the most expressive of them to blend just prior to bottling. Keeping each block separate allows close monitoring of each individual lot through aging, maximizing the depth and potential of the estate vineyards.
Varietal Composition: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Petit Verdot
Cases Produced: 3,700