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Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

“Sed Contra Audentior Ito” – Always Push Harder – was the latter part of the family motto of Stags’ Leap Winery founder Horace Chase. Audentia is our tribute to this sentiment, crafted from an inimitable blend of estate vines that each year push to yield their most concentrated, yet nuanced and elegant fruit.

Contains One Bottle Each of 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages of Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon.

Retail Price: $600

Vertical Price: $540

2012 Stags' Leap Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon

95 Points, The Wine Advocate 

“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

Winemaking Notes

Drawing on his curiosity, Winemaker Christophe Paubert experimented with two varietals that have a rich and natural lineage with the estate – Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. Notable for its distinct combination of power and elegance, Cabernet Sauvignon has long been the signature varietal of the Stags Leap District. While famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags’ Leap Winery has also gained high acclaim for its Petite Sirah. The intriguing varietal was planted on the property before the winery was established in 1893, and today it remains an essential part of the Estate’s winemaking legacy.

Typically, this unique convergence of varietals 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. A truly unique blend that simply could not be crafted anywhere else, Audentia reinforces what the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal can achieve while beautifully reflecting on the land and history of our storied Estate.

2013 Stags' Leap Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon

94+ Points, The Wine Advocate 

"A super selection of their best Cabernet Sauvignons includes the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Audentia Estate. This is a beauty, a classic example of this vintage, with sweet tannin (and lots of it), intense, full-bodied, concentrated fruit, blackcurrants and blackberry, some licorice, camphor and a long, long finish. This is another long-distance proposition to be put away for 4-5 years and drunk over the following three decades.” ."  -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate December 30, 2016

Vintage Notes

The 2013 growing season was long and sunny, ideally suited for even ripening and full development of fresh, vibrant aromatics and rich, ripe tannins with concentrated focus. The warm growing season coupled with a lengthy Indian summer provided perfect conditions to pick specific blocks at peak flavor and ideal sugar levels. Cabernet Sauvignon for the 2013 Audentia was harvested beginning on September 14th, and Petite Sirah was harvested beginning October 15th.

2014 Stags' Leap Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon

96 Points, The Wine Advocate 

"A "super-selected Cab," the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Audentia Estate is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petite Sirah aged in about 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is profoundly scented of crushed blackberries and black currants with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, sandalwood, dried flowers and lavender with a waft of fertile soil. The medium to full- bodied palate is densely packed with black fruit, earth and spice flavor layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and complex. Consider holding it for two more years and drink it over the next 25+. 600 cases were made."  - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate November, 2017

Vintage Notes

Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012 and 2013. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early budbreak and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014
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