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2017 Stags Leap Winery Twelve Falls

2017 Stags Leap Winery Twelve Falls

2017 Stags Leap Winery Twelve Falls



Every winter during the rainy season, small 'falls' cascade down the Stags Leap palisades, which are the backdrop to the estate. On any given winter day, the winery staff have counted up to twelve visible falls at one time. 'Twelve Falls' pays homage to the water source and natural erosion that result from these falls, and in the end nourish and feed the fruit that grows.

Awards & Accolades

  • 90

    Wine and Spirits

    “A Bordeaux transplant to Stags Leap’s volcanic soils, Christophe Paubert grows cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot and blends it with the other specialty of the estate, petite sirah. The combination in 2016 delivers a rich, black-fruited wine with scents of roses and some rose-stem notes in the tannins. It’s silky and plump, a red for braised lamb.” - Joshua Greene, May 2020

  • 93

    "A fruity, succulent red with blackberries, blueberries, currants and hints of tea. It’s medium-to full-bodied with medium round tannins and a vivid, fresh finish. Blend of cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah, petite verdot, and malbec.” - James Suckling

  • 91

    Wine Advocate

    “Twelve Falls started many years ago," winemaker Christophe Paubert told me. "It is a fun, expressive blend. I'm not afraid to put the most peppery and floral wines into here!" A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Petite Sirah, 8% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, the 2017 Proprietary Red Twelve Falls Estate has a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully rowdy scents of Sichuan pepper, Chinese five spice and hoisin over a core of baked plums, Black Forest cake and Christmas pudding with suggestions of unsmoked cigars and chargrill. The medium to full-bodied palate is an explosion of spices with loads of decadent black fruit preserves layers and a chewy texture, finishing very peppery and with a refreshing lift. 510 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

A proprietary blend representing our estate vineyards, featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot, the 2017 Twelve Falls is an expressive and perfumed wine with layers of fragrant dark berry fruits and savory spice. Black currant, dark plum and blackberry accompany floral aromatic notes of violet, anise seed and black pepper, alongside baking spice notes of cedar box and allspice, which pique your senses and hint at the well-integrated oak aging. The plush mouthfeel offers hints of fresh wild chaparral shrubs guiding you to a more delicate, silky, fine-grained tannin finish with tremendous finesse and generosity, all harkening back to the estate’s ability to entwine depth of flavor with grace and elegance. A truly impressive wine, capable of continuing to develop beautifully as it ages over time.

Vintage Note

The 2017 vintage in the Napa Valley was smaller yielding but high in quality. The region enjoyed much needed rain during the winter months ending the drought. A short period of warmer than usual temperatures during Labor Day weekend accelerated harvest for early ripening grape varieties, resulting in an intense and, at times, unpredictable harvest. Though yields were lower than usual, the wines show exceptional flavor intensity and conditions were perfect for producing a wine with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

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Crafted as an ode to our own Stags’ Leap Winery Estate Vineyards, Twelve Falls is a barrel selection red blend that beautifully mimics the varietal composition of these plantings. Year after year, the blocks surrounding the historic Manor House produce on average around 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petite Sirah, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec fruit, and the elegant Twelve Falls is a perfect reflection of this assemblage, crafted as a tribute to showcase the best fruit the estate offers.

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 % 14.3%
Enclosure Type Cork

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