Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Red Wine Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

A proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot, the 2016 Twelve Falls is an elegant and rich, dark, red wine, with layers of fragrant dark berry fruits and savory spice.

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.

Tasting Notes

A proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot, the 2016 Twelve Falls is an elegant and rich, dark, red wine, with layers of fragrant dark berry fruits and savory spice. Blackberry, Bing cherry and dark plum sit alongside aromatic notes of anise seed, coffee and baking spice which all unfold together in the glass. Secondary notes of cedar box and tobacco entice your senses while the mouthfeel showcases hints of fresh wild chaparral herbs leading to a restrained and graceful finish with long length and finesse. The tannins are soft and fine-grained, reflective of the estate’s ability to combine depth of flavor with elegance. This wine will continue to develop beautifully as it ages in the cellar.

Vineyard Notes

Crafted as an ode to our own Stags’ Leap Winery Estate Vineyards, Twelve Falls is a barrel selection red blend that beautifully mimics the varietal composition of these plantings. Year after year, the blocks surrounding the historic Manor House produce on average around 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petite Sirah, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec fruit, and the elegant Twelve Falls is a perfect reflection of this assemblage, crafted as a tribute to showcase the best fruit the estate offers.

Vintage Notes

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing wines with tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.

Winemaking Notes

Maceration followed suit for each of the 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 19 months, while the Merlot went to neutral French oak, and the Petite Sirah went into neutral American oak. The final assemblage was blended just prior to bottling.

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