Napa Valley Collection

2014 Stags' Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

The 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and dense, showing a heady bouquet of dark plum, blackberry and hints of vanilla and cinnamon spice which continues through on the palate with beautiful dark berry and cassis, giving this Cabernet a classic elegance and feel. Seamlessly integrated oak and refined tannins provide a silky texture while the bright, fresh, dark blackberry fruit flavors and hints of black pepper, cocoa nib and coffee with a slight savory-ness on the finish, balance the wine’s impressive concentration.

Tasting Notes

With freshness emphasizing its southern Napa origins, the 2014 Merlot combines juicy dark cherry fruit, blueberry and light floral violet notes with subtle hints of cinnamon, vanilla, clove and cocoa, imparted from the oak ageing. The generous fruit flavors, polished structure, mouthwatering acidity, silky tannins and lush texture show just how complex and refined Merlot can be.

Winemaking

The grapes for this Napa Valley Merlot underwent a two- to three-week maceration period designed to extract ideal flavor, color and tannin from the skins. Using traditional winemaking techniques, Winemaker Christophe Paubert aged this Merlot in high-quality French oak barrels (35% new) for 16 months. This deliberate lesser percentage of new oak imparts structure, ageability and a slight spice complexity to the wine that still allows the fresh fruit flavors to take center stage

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