"A "super-selected Cab," the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Audentia Estate is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petite Sirah aged in about 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is profoundly scented of crushed blackberries and black currants with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, sandalwood, dried flowers and lavender with a waft of fertile soil. The medium to full- bodied palate is densely packed with black fruit, earth and spice flavor layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and complex. Consider holding it for two more years and drink it over the next 25+." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, November 2017
Our 2014 Audentia exhibits the distinctive personality of our estate vineyard, crafting a wine of immense concentration and depth. This wine has a multilayered mouthfeel, offering incredible earthiness, as well as blackberry and bramble berry aromas on the nose, along with hints of forest floor and Fraises des Bois. On the palate, there is a beautiful balance of complexity and elegance, featuring juicy, mouthwatering blackberry and black raspberry alongside hints of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. With fine velvety tannins, this wine is unctuous, showcasing the iconic power and longevity that have become synonymous with Stags' Leap estate wines. Drinking beautifully now and will continue to age across the next 25+ years.
Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012 and 2013. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early budbreak and veraison, harvest was unusually early. Despite this, the overall dry season was ideal for producing a fresh Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah of wonderful quality.
The marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah in this extraordinary estate wine highlights the rich heritage of the property, and natural lineage of the Estate, as well as the balance of power and finesse between these varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon has a longstanding history as the Stags Leap District's signature varietal, and the district's unique location where erosion from the palisades has become the source of its volcanic soils, creates a distinctive characteristic, now synonymous with the modern reputation for Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignons. Cabernet lots were hand-selected from a singular expanse of our estate vineyards that features thin, rocky soils in its upper reaches, giving way to finer-grained loamy soils at its floor. Petite Sirah was sourced exclusively from block 9, long known as one of the winery's highest-performing blocks that delivers each year with deep blue and red fruit we liken to Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of the two varietals results in a blend that's both powerful and concentrated, balanced and elegant. Special care was made in preserving purity of fruit and selecting Petite Sirah that would strengthen without overpowering the Cabernet Sauvignon. The provocative varietal was planted on the property before the winery was established in 1893, and today it remains integral to the Estate's winemaking legacy and fan devotees.
Grapes for the blend are hand-picked in the vineyard and hand-sorted at the winery and fermented in a combination of small, closed tanks and 500-liter neutral oak barrels. Additionally, the lots undergo a long, (almost month-long), maceration period which adds color, tannin and complexity of flavors. Varietal Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petite : 14.1%Cases Produced: 600
For Christophe Paubert, Winemaker and General Manager at Stags’ Leap Winery, the identity of a wine is found through the terroir. Christophe’s career has spanned the industry from sales to winemaking, and his impressive background includes positions at Chateau d’Yquem and Gruaud-Larose as well as projects in Chile, Spain and Washington State. But it was the terroir of Stags’ Leap that drew him to California.
|Oak Treatment||100% French oak (75% new for the Cabernet Sauvignon and 100% neutral for the Petite Sirah) for 20 months|
|Blend||80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petite Sirah|
|Case Production||600 cases|