2018 Stags' Leap Winery 'The Leap' Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Marking the 125th anniversary of the Historic Stags' Leap Winery and their eponymous label. The 2018 "The Leap" is remarkably expressive, ripe bramble fruits practically jump out of the glass. Beyond the wild blackberry (just like those that grow throughout the valley) and raspberry, lavender along with iris and thyme round out the already complex nose. Fine velvet tannins and a burst of acidity are a perfect combination for a wine that will last at least for the next decade.
"Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is unquestionably one of Napa Valley’s benchmark producers. At the now legendary “Spurrier Tasting” of ’76, this operation topped the world’s best – most notably the Bordeaux first growths – and sent shock waves through the wine world. It was the first time that an American winery had ever gone toe-to-toe with the Old World and delivered a haymaker, and the fact that the judges were French only made it sweeter. It was a turning point for the entire California wine industry. Now in their fifth decade, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has expanded their portfolio to include some fabulous whites to accompany their muscular Cabs. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the winery that changed it all. They’ve made a few changes internally as well... a partnership between Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori proudly accepted the stewardship of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and its legacy in 2007, cinching their success for years to come."
Blackberry, mushroom and walnut aromas follow through to a full body with layers of ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows lots of structure and length.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Leap is blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it starts off a little closed and broody, giving way to notes of plum preserves, blackcurrant cordial and chocolate-covered cherries, plus hints of unsmoked cigars and black truffles. Medium-bodied, elegant and refreshing, it has lots of tightly wound black fruit and earthy layers with a firm, fine-grained frame and long mineral-laced finish.