Vintage 2010
Wine Type Red
Varietal Petite Sirah
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

A one-of-a-kind field blend from the Stags’ Leap Winery estate, the 2010 Ne Cede Malis reveals an opaque purple color that is the first telltale to this compelling wine. Amazingly deep, abundant flavors of blue and black fruit come together with notes of black ground peppercorn, black licorice and violet. Rich, big and expressive, the wine shows all the hallmarks of a great Petite Sirah, but is well-balanced with silky tannins and round texture that suggest incredible aging potential over many years.

Wine Advocate - 95 points

"An amazing effort, it boasts...incredible levels of extract and richness...thrilling levels of fruit, massive body, and a colossal finish."- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Winemakers Note

Taking a minimalist approach Winemaker Christophe Paubert likes to say that he “guides” rather than “makes” Ne Cede Malis. The carefully tended head trained vines in this 5-acre plot include Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mourvedre, Grenache, Peloursin, Syrah and even Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc among others. After hand picking, the grapes were co-fermented, undergoing a short maceration prior to aging in American oak barrels (25% new) for 12 months. After years of experimentation, American oak became the obvious barrel choice for Ne Cede Malis. The oak’s spiciness, which could overwhelm a delicate wine, is easily handled by and helps enhance the strength and depth of this powerful varietal.

Vineyard Note

The 2010 growing season was long and mild with ideal temperatures for full development of great aromatic freshness and rich, soft tannins. Rainfall returned to Napa Valley after three dry years, lengthening each stage of growth -- bud break, flowering and fruit-set -- by nearly two weeks. The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer made for a shortened harvest, but the resulting lower yield of Petite Sirah lots were concentrated and powerful.