Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Red Wine Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

The 2013 Stags' Leap Twelve Falls Red Blend Napa Valley blend is rich in red fruit, dark chocolate, mint and also savory in white pepper and leather. This wine is big and complex, but with the signature elegance and finesse of our Estate Vineyards.

Every winter during the rainy season, small “falls” cascade down the Stags Leap palisades, which are the backdrop to the estate. On any given winter day, the winery staff have counted up to twelve visible falls at one time. “Twelve Falls” pays homage to the water source and natural erosion that result from these falls, and in the end nourish and feed the fruit that grows.

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot are all represented in this estate blend that is both brawny and intensely savory. Black pepper and pencil shavings support a tightness of grippy tannin and integrated oak, allowing for only the slightest inkling of fruit in the form of baked plum. This will best be enjoyed 2020–2023." - Virginie Boone, February 2017

90 Points - Wine & Spirits

"Christophe Paubert grew up in Bordeaux, but when he came to Stags’ Leap Winery, it was the potential of petite sirah that captured his attention alongside the varieties he knew from his youth. He blends this wine from cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah and merlot that he grows on the volcanic soils of this Stags Leap estate. That outlier variety adds a bristle of tannins and deepens the richness of the blend without diminishing the fragrance of the young cabernet fruit. Balanced, clean and fresh, this is a simple pleasure that will gain complexity with bottle age.” - Josh Greene, February 2017

Tasting Notes

A proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot, the 2013 Twelve Falls is dense and powerful, rich in red fruit, blackberry, dark chocolate, mint and also savory in white pepper and leather. Reflective of the estate’s ability to combine power with elegance, this wine will continue to meld beautifully together in the cellar.

Vineyard Notes

Crafted as an ode to our own Stags’ Leap Winery Estate Vineyards, Twelve Falls is a red blend that beautifully mimics the varietal composition of these plantings. Year after year, the blocks surrounding the historic Manor House produce 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petite Sirah and 10% Merlot fruit, and the elegant Twelve Falls is a perfect reflection of this assemblage. This tribute red blend showcases a barrel selection of estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and Petite Sirah from Block 4. This hand selected Petite Sirah block consistently produces fruit most expressive of the varietal’s classic floral, spicy and blue fruit characteristics.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for an early and condensed harvest, and was ideal for producing wines with fresh fruit flavors.

Winemaking Notes

Maceration followed suit for each of the three varieties, which allowed Winemaker Christophe Paubert to monitor and evaluate each lot individually, coaxing each variety to its maximum potential. The Cabernet Sauvignon fermented and aged in high quality new French oak barrels for 18 months. The Merlot went to seasoned French oak and the Petite Sirah in neutral American oak. The final assemblage was blended just prior to bottling.

Varietal Composition: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petite Sirah, 10% Merlot
ABV: 14.1%

 

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