||2010 was a year that proved you should never judge the end by the beginning. It was slow to start, with heavy spring rains and a cool summer. A summer long on sweaters and short on, well, shorts. The “normal” start of the harvest season was delayed by two to three weeks in most vineyards. Mother Nature brought us a heat spell in late August, followed by another which, after a much longer time on the vine than in most years, resulted in a rather compact harvest with white and red grapes coming in from the vineyards in tight succession. The slow grape maturity of the 2010 vintage aptly suited our Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars house style, creating wines of elegance with great extraction and fuller flavors.
||CASK 23 is a tale of two vineyards that come together in a harmonious blend. Slightly more than half of the grapes were grown in our FAY vineyard while the balance was from select areas in S.L.V. Specific blocks within these adjoining ranches provide distinct attributes to the wine. Vines planted in volcanic soils on the eastern hillsides of S.L.V. and FAY give CASK 23 its structure, concentration, spicy intensity and elegant tannins; those grown in the alluvial soils in the middle and lower sections of the two vineyards add vibrant fruit flavors, a supple mid-palate and perfumed aromatics. Each lot was vinified and aged separately in small French oak barrels for 21 months, allowing the characteristics of each block to develop, while adding subtle spice notes. In the latter stages of aging the lots were blended, 56.8% Fay and 43.2% S.L.V., becoming one in CASK 23.
||Fermentation 100% stainless steel tank. Malolactic Fermentation: 100%
||21 months 90% new French oak 10% previously filled.
||Serve CASK 23 with spice-rubbed prime rib, braised veal chops or seared black pepper-crusted Ahi tuna steaks.
||Price Stag's Leap Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 € 256.20