The 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon's aromatics and oak are seamlessly integrated together in this juicy wine, showcasing the ideal amount of blueberry and blackberry flavors. This vintage offers classic lushness and youthful elegance, with tannins that are rich and refined, making this wine a pleasure to enjoy now, but a promise for years of cellar age.
Rich ruby in color, the 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is aromatically beautiful, introducing itself with alluring notes of dark, red fruit and a peppery spice. The aromatics and oak are seamlessly integrated together in this juicy wine, showcasing the ideal amount of blueberry and blackberry flavors. This vintage offers classic lushness and youthful elegance, with tannins that are rich and refined, making this wine a pleasure to enjoy now, but a promise for years of cellar age.
Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with Napa Valley and has always been a mainstay in the winemaking program at Stags’ Leap Winery. Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a combination of estate fruit and grapes from select Napa Valley growers with a focus on sourcing from the valley floor. Winemaker Christophe Paubert selects fruit that is similar in expression to the grapes from the Stags’ Leap estate, avoiding fruit from areas he considers to be too warm and instead sourcing grapes from the southern part of Napa Valley, where the climate is cooler. This strategic sourcing ensures the focus and character for which Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignons are known.
The 2010 growing season was long and mild with ideal temperatures for perfect ripening and full development of great aromatic freshness and rich, soft tannins. Rainfall returned to Napa Valley after three dry years, lengthening each stage of growth -- bud break, flowering and fruit-set -- by nearly two weeks. The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer made for a shortened harvest, but the resulting lower yield of lots were concentrated, elegant and structured.
The first several weeks of a wine’s life are crucial. While the handpicked grapes for this wine were undergoing fermentation and maceration, Christophe and his team tasted and tested each lot daily to determine the pump overs regime, how much oxygen the wine needed, and the best temperature to optimize maceration and extraction. After pressing off the skins, 37% of the wine went into new French oak barrels while the remainder went to seasoned French oak; this combination preserves freshness and gives the fruit more room to express itself. The wine aged for 20 months prior to bottling.
Varietal Composition: 86% Cabernet Savignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec