2017 Martin Ray Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon
Always the most accessible of our Napa Cabernets. Defined by its subtlety, this bottling offers bright red fruits, graceful mouthfeel, and soft, sinewy tannins.
Volcanic Benchland vineyards on the west of the Vaca Range
From a collection of tiny vineyard blocks encompassing several row orientations and slopes, all carefully planted to optimize sun exposure, in soil that is composed of ancient volcanic alluvial runoff.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Record-setting rain and cooler temperatures lengthened dormancy, with first signs of bud break mid-march. Hotter than average days in June and July brought harvest mid-August with lower than average yields across all varieties.
Fermented in small 4-6 ton open top fermenters, with thrice daily pump overs for cap management. Upon finishing fermentation the wine is allowed to rest on its skins for up to a month. Aged in 70% new French oak for 18 months.
Rich notes of kirsch, ripe Bing cherry, raspberry, and vanilla. Touches of olive and ground white pepper offering a savory finish in contrast to the vibrant red fruit.