Nose

Exhibiting an expansive bouquet of harmonious aromas, this ruby wine bursts from the glass with notes of sweet red cherry and ripe blackcurrant intertwined with touches of sweet vanilla, creamy mocha and spicy gingerbread.

Palate

The wine enters elegantly and fills the palate with intense flavors of dark cherry, blackberry preserves and cassis, backed by silken tannins and hints of espresso bean, brown butter and cinnamon toast that linger on the lengthy, supple finish.

Growing Conditions

The mild 2011 vintage allowed for a long hang time, resulting in evenly ripe, complex flavors in the berries.

Harvest

The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness late September to October.

Winemaking

Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved

Aging

The wine was racked to 60% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling

Food Pairing

Graceful and sumptuous, our Stags Leap District Cabernet would pair gorgeously with a hearty, substantial dish like grilled leg of lamb marinated in garlic confit, or even a wild mushroom risotto. This wine would also partner beautifully with a hard, aged Gouda such as Saenkanter for a splendid cheese course.