Wine Advocate - 95 points
“Another extraordinary wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Audentia. This is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petite Sirah aged 20 months in a combination of new and neutral French oak. A very expensive wine, there are only 638 cases of it; this is meant for long-term cellaring for collectors. Notes of tobacco leaf, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, roasted coffee and spring flowers all jump from the glass of this powerful, rich wine that is singular in style and character.”-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate March 3, 2016
Winemaker's Tasting Note
Typically, this unique convergence of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah would be overpowered by Petite Sirah’s peppery and floral, bold nature, but Christophe took a particular liking to a block on the Estate that seemed to transcend the varietal’s classic characteristics. Contiguous to the historic Ne Cede Malis vineyard, Block 9 shares similar rocky soils to its neighboring block, yet produces fruit with traits unlike any other Petite Sirah. This mystical vineyard naturally produces half the yields of a typical block and the resulting fruit is incredibly concentrated with almost double the color and tannins than that of Cabernet Sauvignon. Unique to the Stags’ Leap Estate, this specific Petite Sirah block maintains the wonderful, highly concentrated black fruit flavors and power that are beloved of the varietal without the dominant spice and floral notes. This allows the Petite Sirah to be a wonderful counterpart to Cabernet Sauvignon, extracting power, richness and elegance from the varietal without diverting Cabernet from its essence. Blending this exceptional Petite Sirah with the hand selected lots of the Estate’s most distinctive Cabernet, the assemblage pushes Cabernet Sauvignon to a new level of power and concentration while still maintaining the winery’s signature touch of elegance.