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A proprietary blend representing our estate vineyards, the 2019 Twelve Falls is saturated, rich, and plush, with layers of intriguing dark berry fruits and savory spice. The nose and palate contribute notes of black cherry, blackberry, and red currant, alongside fresh, lifted, wild chapparal notes of wild violet, anise and mint, backed up by baking spice notes of cinnamon, clove and cedar, piquing interest with the seamlessly integrated oak aging. Deep and full, the mouthfeel is nuanced with more velvety-smooth tannins, finishing with finesse and generosity, all harkening back to the estate’s ability to entwine depth of flavor with grace and elegance. An extraordinary wine from an exceptional vintage, drinking beautifully now, and will continue to develop and age gracefully over time when cellared properly.
The 2019 harvest started one to two weeks later than previous years, mostly due to February rains, but because the vines were in their winter dormancy, it did not affect the 2019 crop. Spring continued to be wet with some rain during flowering, followed by cool temperatures that allowed the grapes to mature gradually. Most grapes ripened at lower sugars, thanks to the extended, cool growing season, and winemakers were pleased with the full flavors, fresh acidity, and superb balance of the 2019 fruit. The resulting crop showed a modest yield with a slightly more compact structure and extract than in previous years.
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 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Petite Sirah, 8% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% 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.
Maceration followed suit for each of the varieties, which allowed Winemaker Christophe Paubert to monitor and evaluate each lot individually, coaxing each variety to its maximum potential. The Cabernet Sauvignon aged in high quality new French oak barrels for 16 months, while the Merlot and Petit Verdot went to mostly neutral French oak, and the Petite Sirah went into neutral American oak. The final assemblage was blended just prior to bottling.
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||French oak (44% new) and neutral American oak, 16 months|
|Blend||46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Petite Sirah, 8% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot & 4% Malbec|
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