Nose

Boasts a harmony of aromas including dense dried cherry, blackberry jam and red plum interwoven with rich toffee, dried herbs and cigar box notes.

Palate

The equally bountiful and beautifully structured palate resonates with vibrant black cherry and currant fruits against a background of sweet briar, chocolate-roasted coffee and a subtle white pepper spice, leading into a soft, lengthy cocoa finish with silky-smooth tannins.

Growing Conditions

The 2008 vintage was extremely variable, opening with an intense frost that resulted in limited fruit set, then proceeding to be one of the driest seasons on record which reduced berry weight further. A long, cool summer allowed flavors to develop fully before a heat wave encouraged prompt picking.

Harvest

The small but flavorful clusters were night-harvested mid through late September and underwent our rigorous sorting process prior to being destemmed into tank.

Bottling

Bottling in May 2010.

Winemaking

16 days of extended maceration.

Aging

The wine aged in 55% new French oak barrels.

Appearance

A robust, ruby-black wine.

Food Pairing

Always greatly complex and elegant, our Stags Leap District Cabernet would show best against a dish with similar attributes. Pair this bottling with a grilled leg of lamb marinated in garlic confit and fresh thyme over sautéed kale with shallots and olive oil for a beautiful meal. Additionally, this wine would be a delicious accompaniment to a nutty and sweet cheese like Manchego Artequeso Semicurado.