2019 Wappo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Recognized as #60 in the Top 100 Wines of USA 2022. Read more here.
"Stag's Leap has always been known for making blockbuster Cabernet Sauvignon and this superstar wine lives up to that reputation. Black and blue fruits burst in the nose with cocoa powder, hints of leather and dried herbs. The palette exposes the gravelly and loam soils that are present and all the flavors come together with effortless perfection. Helen's use of Francois Freres Burgundian Oak barrels holds everything together in perfect harmony without being overdone" Cristie Kerr
The 2019 vintage was one of the cooler vintages of the last decade. Ample spring rains fueled healthy canopy growth and a crop that was nearly as generous as 2018. The first half of the growing season was moderate, and therefore somewhat extended. This allowed the vines time to slow their growth heading into veraison and maximize their nutrient uptake and pre-ripening photosynthesis. The second half of the season, in which the grapes ripen and are harvested, was warm, with some heat during the harvest period, leading to wines of incredible silkiness, fresh and pure fruit, elegant texture, and impressive length.