A significant part of historic blends at Stags’ Leap, Malbec flourishes in certain areas and this wine captures the variety’s powerful fruit and spicy characteristics. The Malbec grapes for this bottling are sourced from the Green Island Vineyards located south-east of Carneros, which is well suited to growing this regional rarity. The climate here has a cooler maritime influence compared to vineyards further up valley and the soils are Haire loams, with sand and gravel. Similarly, our Viognier is sourced from vineyards in the Oak Knoll and Carneros AVAs. Also located in the southern part of Napa Valley, these cooler vineyards are optimal for growing Viognier, providing sufficient sun exposure for ripening and cool marine fog for maintaining natural acidity.
Grapes from the vineyards located on our estate’s deep, rocky soils provide the Petite Sirah. This fruit intensifies and broadens the wine’s profile allowing for floral, spice and dark blue and black fruit characteristics to come through. The Syrah comes from Massa Ranch in Yountville which benefits from slightly cooler temperatures than the bench land or mountain fruit, where it’s typically found in the Napa Valley. Here the Syrah contributes great length alongside an appealing acidity.