Vintage 2017
Wine Type Red
Varietal Red Wine Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

A proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot,.

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.

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 2017 vintage in the Napa Valley was smaller yielding but high in quality. The region enjoyed much needed rain during the winter months ending the drought. A short period of warmer than usual temperatures during Labor Day weekend accelerated harvest for early ripening grape varieties, resulting in an intense and, at times, unpredictable harvest.   

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.