Our new Single Vineyard Cabernets from the Stags Leap District are among the finest wines we produce. Crafted in small amounts and therefore available only to club members and to those who visit the winery, these four Cabernets represent forty years of growing and making wine in the Stags Leap District. While we continue to produce appellation wines such as our Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Oakville Cabernets, etc., the Single Vineyard Cabernets are our way of painting a more complete and fascinating portrait of the four Stags Leap District vineyards we own, farm and cherish.
The 2019 Circle Hill Cabernet in your shipment, the second Single Vineyard we’ve released, is a spectacular wine. In his update this month Viticulture Director Gustavo Aviña describes the complexity of the site, with a variability in soils and clones that contributes to the intricacy and completeness of the wine. The amazing Block 2, planted to Clone 33, provides richness and viscosity, breadth and depth. Lots from Block 2, which often form the foundation of FORTIS, are weighty and mouth filling, endowing this Cabernet with a velvety texture. Blocks 1a and 1b, planted to Clone 7, give Circle Hill its sinew and girth, similar to a tannin corset. Finally, Blocks 3-6, up on the terraces, deliver more savory flavors; I compare these lots to salt and pepper, a little spice goes a long way.
As a club member you also have access to FORTIS and Epitome Cabernet Sauvignons, which we meticulously craft to be the finest wines of the vintage. As we’ve evolved the programs for these singular wines, we’ve decided to designate each vintage either a FORTIS year, or an Epitome year. FORTIS will be made in exceptional vintages when we are able to craft a big, powerful, complex wine that can be laid down for aging. FORTIS Cabernets are meant to be cellared; they have the power, structure and intensity to see them through decades. Epitome Cabernets will be made in vintages that dictate a softer wine, a wine purposefully crafted to enjoy while young. Still the finest wine of the vintage, Epitome brings the immediate pleasures of richness, concentration and voluptuousness. We think you’ll appreciate both wines and the distinct profiles revealed by each vintage.
In the coming months, we’ll release two additional Single Vineyard Cabernets, also available exclusively to you, our club members. We hope you enjoy these new offerings from our forever home in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley.