2017 Kukeri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
January 2, 2018

2017 Kukeri Stags Leap District Proprietary Red Blend


Varietal: 32.2% Cabernet Sauvignon; 25.9% Petit Verdot; 25.4% Cabernet Franc; 12.3% Merlot; 4.2% Malbec
Vintage: 2017
Appellation: Stags Leap District,Napa Valley
Alcohol: 14.55%
pH: 3.62
Production: 260 cases

Introduction: The Stags Leap District is the Napa Valley smallest and most acclaimed sub-appellation. Located along the Silverado Trail, just a few miles north of Napa; the Stags Leap District was named after a legendary story of a courageous stag that eluded hunters by jumping to safety on the jagged cliffs of the Vaca Mountains.

Today, this story lives on through the intensive fruit-driven 2017 Kukeri Proprietary Red Blend made with Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec grapes grown in the unique mixture of rocky, iron-rich volcanic soils that run along the rugged hillside to the east and gravelly riverbed soils on the western edge of the appellation.

Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked at the end of September, sorted and de-stemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 3 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavor. It was fermented for 15 days and punched down 2 times a day, with an additional 2 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 18 months in mixture of 70% French and 30% American oak barrels with 30% new French oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel

Tasting Notes: Bold and balanced the 2017 Kukeri Stags Leap Red Blend, exhibiting aromas of dark fruit, cherry, pepper, and smokiness accented with spice herbal notes. A hint of black currant and cranberry, light cedary oak and dusty baking cocoa combine these aromatics to create this rich full-bodied Bordeaux red blend with great acidity, which makes a perfect accompaniment to any grilled meat dishes.

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