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2015 Stags' Leap Audentia Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Stags' Leap Audentia Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Stags' Leap Audentia Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon



Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon offers power and concentration while maintaining our signature elegance. Linking this history with Stags' Leap Winery Co-Founder Horace Chase, and his family motto, 'Sed Contra Audentior Ito,' comes the fourth release of Audentia. The inimitable blend pays tribute to that motto - 'Always Push Harder' - crafted from the Estate's most select Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah vineyards that push to produce the most expressive and distinct fruit. Winemaker Christophe Paubert drew on his curiosity to capture the essence of Stags' Leap and all of its cherished nuances, hand-selecting only the finest lots and barrels for the unique blend.

Awards & Accolades

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    "This has lots of blackberry and blueberry character on the nose with forest fruit. Peppermint, too. Full body, sensational flavors and creamy tannins. Goes on for minutes. Drink after 2022, but gorgeous now.” - James Suckling, May 2018

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

Our 2015 Audentia exhibits the distinctive personality of our estate vineyard, crafting a wine of immense concentration and complexity. Intense, multilayered, rich and indulgent, with incredible depth of color and balance. On the nose and palate there are flavors of dark blackberry, black cherry, cassis, black currant and violets backed up by well-integrated subtle oak notes of vanilla, white pepper spice and caramel. With silky sinuous velvety rich 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 for the next 25+ years, if you can keep your hands off it.

Vintage Note

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 Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah of wonderful quality.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

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Vineyard Note

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.

Winemaking Note

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 to the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. Varietal Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petite Sirah, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit : 14.5%Cases Produced: 677

Christophe Paubert - Winemaker

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.

Winemaker Christophe Paubert

Alcohol % 14.5%
Enclosure Type Cork
Oak Treatment 100% French oak (50% new) for 15 months
Release Date 09/01/2018
Blend 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petite Sirah, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Case Production 677 cases

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