Vintage 2015
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.

94 Points - Wine Advocate

“Blended of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% other varieties aged for 16 months in 28% new American oak, the 2015 Petite Sirah Ne Cede Malis is very deep purple-black in color and gives up notions of redcurrant jelly, cassis and black cherry compote with touches of sautéed herbs, cracked pepper and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with spicy red and black fruit layers with a solid frame of grainy tannins and a peppery kick to the finish.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 29, 2018

Tasting Notes

Offering a distinctive wine each vintage, the 2015 Ne Cede Malis is unctuous and full-bodied with stunning concentration and incredible depth. The wine reveals layers of dark blackberry, beautiful blueberry compote and black plum, enhanced by savory nuances of delicate dried herbs, white pepper, roasted coffee, dark cocoa nib and black licorice. This single block blend is powerful and full of rich velvety mouthcoating tannins which highlight the age and character of the oldest vines on the Stags’ Leap estate. Secondary notes of lavender, violet and cedar lead to an extraordinary lengthy finish with plushness and opulence. Inviting in its youth but also meant for age-worthiness, decanting is suggested to allow the flavors to evolve and reveal their complexity and elegance.

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

After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage resulted in a less abundant crop, but the quality remained exceptional. The mild, dry spring conditions promoted an early bud-break and minimal heat during summer allowed the fruit to ripen at a steady pace through picking, which began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor, making the overall season 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 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 and helps enhance the strength and depth of this powerful variety.

Varietal Composition: 85% Petite Sirah, 15% Other Varietals
ABV: 14.5%
Cases Produced: 810