Vintage 2011
Wine Type Red
Varietal Petite Sirah
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

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.  Petite Sirah has become synonymous with Stags’ Leap and for decades has cultivated devote fans of the winery.  

NE CEDE MALIS (pronounced Ne KAY Day Mah LEES) comes from the Latin phrase “Don’t give in to misfortune,” the family motto of Stags’ Leap founder Horace Chase. 

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"This classic offering combines Petite Sirah and Carignona, Grenache, Syrah, Peloursin and Mourvedre. Truffled earth and black pepper give it a savory edge that's completely inviting, while the mouthfeel remains soft despite the powerful tannins. Enjoyable now, it should disclose a depth of complexity over time; cellar through 2021. Cellar Selection" - Virginie Boone, October 2015

92 Points - Wine & Spirits

"This eight-acre block tucked under the Stags Leap escarpment contains 18 varieties, 83 percent of them petite sirah. The vines were planted in 1929. Christophe Paubert picks these grapes earlier than his predecessors at Stags' Leap Winery, and uses a technique he calls "pumping down" to give oxygen to the wine without extracting excessive tannins from the cap. The resulting tannins are bold and supple and succulent, emphasizing the purple brightness of the fruit. The wine's fresh acidity gives it a tart, skittish feel in the mouth, keeping the tannins in motion. It tastes like cranberries, if cranberries could be black, and the fruit presence has a smoky vibration that lasts." - Joshua Greene, June 2015

91 Points - Wine Advocate

"The sensational 2011 Petite Sirah Ne Cede Malis Estate comes from a plot of old vines planted in 1929. A superstar in 2011, it boasts a dense blue/purple color as well as copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, licorice, camphor and incense. Deep, pure and impressively endowed, it is best consumed over the next 10-15 years." - Robert Parker, October 2014

Tasting Notes

This one-of-a-kind Petite Sirah-based field blend always intrigues and the 2011 vintage is abundant in black cherry, blackberry, mulberry, raspberry and vanilla bean.  The richly textured, mouth-filling wine reveals well-delineated pepper and floral notes, and tannins that are powerful and dense, but utterly elegant.

Vineyard Notes

Sourced from the oldest block on our Estate with vines planted in 1929, the wine is predominantly Petite Sirah, though it includes at least 16 other varietals in small amounts. Year after year this gracefully aging vineyard produces a small lot of wine – a truly unique field blend that simply could not be produced anywhere else.

Vintage Notes

The 2011 growing season began with a wet winter and spring that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set, resulting in lower yields in many parts of Napa Valley.  Cooler-than-usual temperatures continued throughout the summer season and few high heat events occurred at any point in 2011.  While yields were lower, the resulting Petite Sirah grapes picked in this cooler vintage ultimately delivered quality consistent with year’s past.

Winemaking Notes

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. 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.

Varietal Composition: 85% Petite Sirah, 15% Other Varietals
ABV: 13.9%