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

A unique tasting experience each vintage, the 2014 Ne Cede Malis is a prodigious, full-bodied wine with amazing concentration and incredible depth. With silky, elegant tannins that reflect the age of the oldest vines on the Stags’ Leap estate, the wine reveals layers of dark berry fruit flavors, with notes of violet, pepper and licorice.  This single block blend is powerful and mouth-filling, but remains inviting in its youth and will disclose further complexities over time. 

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. 

95 Points -

"Wow. This is quite a wine with incredible old vine aromas and flavors with wet earth, bark, moss and dark fruits. Full body and layered with a super finish. Made from 80-year-old head pruned petite sirah and 16 other varieties. 500 cases made." - James Suckling, December 2017

94+ Points - Wine Advocate

"From a single block of four acres planted in 1929 and consisting of Petite Sirah (about 85%) and a field blend of 16 different varieties, the 2014 Petite Sirah Ne Cede Malis has a very deep garnet-purple color and a provocatively earthy/meaty nose over a core of baked blackberries and black raspberries with hints of anise, mocha and chargrill. The palate is big, rich and spicy, with the full-bodied fruit nicely structured by firm, chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and savory. A truly unique wine!" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2017

94 Points -

“Lastly, the 2014 Petite Sirah Ne Cede Malis comes from a 5-acres parcel with vines dating back to 1929. Like the base Petite Sirah, it was aged all in American oak, with 25% being new. Saturated purple in color with a stunning bouquet of blueberries, smoked earth, dark chocolate, and charcoal, this gorgeous wine has no hard edges, remarkable elegance and purity, and building tannin. Probably the most seamless, elegant expression of this variety I’ve tasted, drink it anytime over the coming 15-20 years.” - Jeb Dunnuck, December 2017

Tasting Notes

Such a baby, decant 1st, lots of blueberry and mulberry, black fruits, blackberry, lots of spice, quite herbal, dried herbs, really good tannins, finish is powerfully fruity with dark fruits but very fresh and lively, incredible length.  This wine is very young, super fresh and very balanced, coffee finish, dark dark cocoa, cocoa dust/cocoa nib, incredible length…going on and on. Great weight and intensity with plushness, hickory maple bacon, present tannin, soft and approachable tannins.  Still so youthful.  Drink now but can certainly age for 20+ years. Very food friendly with fresh acidity. 

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 15 other varietals in small amounts. Year after year this gracefully aging block produces a small lot of wine – a truly unique field blend that simply could not be produced anywhere else.

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.  Despite this, the overall dry season was ideal for producing a Petite Sirah of wonderful quality.

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 single block include Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mourvedre, Grenache, Peloursin, Syrah and even Muscat (which varietal?) 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 variety.

Varietal Composition: 85% Petite Sirah, 15% Other Varietals
ABV: 14.3%