Stags' Leap Winery, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Winemaker Notes Blend:
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3%Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
Cabernet has always been a mainstay in the winemaking program at Stags' Leap Winery, and winemaker Kevin Morrisey likes to blend a combination of estate fruit and grapes from key vineyards located in many of the other prestigious Napa Valley appellations. Much of the estate vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon where deep, well-drained, loamy volcanic soils make this a perfect place to grow Cabernet.
Rich ruby red in color, luscious aromatics of black cherry, blackberries, and plum greet the nose with a slight back note of earth, leather, and bittersweet chocolate. Flavors of plum compote, spice, green tea, and cocoa are the introduction to this wine as velvety, unctuous tannins blend with a juicy, naturally balanced mid-palate of complex structure. Layers of spice, coffee and cream integrate with fruit notes to the end.