The Investor is a red wine that beautifully blends together the unique flavors and expressions of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, resulting in a powerful, yet approachable assemblage with significant fruit presence. The Merlot contributes fresh red berry aromatics and a soft, velvety texture to balance the power of Petite Sirah, which adds concentration, tannins, spice and blueberry flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon further increases the final blend’s complexity and depth and the Malbec’s incredibly vibrant floral aromatics heighten the blend’s freshness.
Reflective of the winery’s ability to combine power with elegance, the 2015 vintage of The Investor is rich in dark berry fruits alongside alluring notes of black licorice, pepper, tobacco leaf and leather, with touches of savory chaparral herbs, gingery orange zest, and hints of delicate floral on the nose. Generous and concentrated with full flavors of blackberry, blueberry, plum and black cherry, followed by soft tannins and a juicy, mouthwatering acidity.
The majority of the Petite Sirah fruit comes from estate vineyards in Oakville, and additional fruit is sourced from a diverse selection of northern and southern Napa Valley vineyards to broaden the wine’s floral and spicy characteristics. The Merlot is grown on the Stags’ Leap estate in the heart of the Stags Leap District, and a selection of southern valley floor Cabernet Sauvignon fruit makes up the balance of the blend.
After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage resulted in a less abundant crop, but the quality remained exceptional. The mild, dry spring conditions promoted an early bud-break and minimal heat during summer allowed the fruit to ripen at a steady pace through picking, which began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor, making the overall season ideal for producing wines of wonderful quality.
Maceration and fermentation followed suit for each of the varieties, which allowed winemaker Christophe Paubert to monitor and evaluate each lot individually, coaxing each varietal to its maximum potential. The wine aged in oak for 18 months - the Petite Sirah in American oak barrels (25% new) while the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec went to French oak (30% new). The final assemblage was blended just prior to bottling.
Varietal Composition: 42% Merot, 30% Petite Sirah, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec
Cases Produced: 10,000