Our commitment to crafting single vineyard and single varietal wines continues with the 12th vintage grown from our Stags Leap vineyard. The 2011 Black Label “exhibits a healthy deep/ruby/purple color, surprising depth, ripeness and juicy fruit and more richness.”
Purchased in 1998, the Family Ranch is located in the Stags Leap District AVA of the Napa Valley. The climate is known for a longer growing season of warm days and cool nights—perfect for late-maturing varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon with a signature style from this region known for its distinctive combination of power and elegance. We have 17.58 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Our production facility, barrel cave and visitor center are also located here.
All of our fruit passes through a small de-stemmer and is never crushed. We then bleed about 10% of the juice to allow for an increased ratio of skin to juice which adds structure, mouthfeel and color to the final wine. After 3 days of cold soak, the juice is inoculated and ferments for approximately 14 days. The wine is then pressed into tank and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The wine is then racked clean into 100% French oak barrels where it passes through malolactic fermentation and then ages for 20 months prior to bottling.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Family Ranch Vineyard in Stags Leap District
Cabernet Clone Selection: 8, 337 and 2
1,239 cases produced