Varietal: 95.2% Cabernet Sauvignon; 2,9% Merlot; 1.0% Petit Verdot; 0.9 % Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
Production: 100 cases
Awards: Double-Gold Medal from 2024 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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 2020 Kukeri Cabernet Sauvignon made with Cabernet Sauvignon 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. A touch of Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc balance the rich dark fruit of our 2020 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, adding a vibrancy to its lush mouthfeel and lingering finish with great acidity.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked at the beginning of October, 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 18 days and punched down 3 times a day, with an additional 3 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 28 months in a mixture of 100% French oak barrels with 40% new oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel.
Tasting Notes: Bold and beautifully colored the 2020 Kukeri Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting aromas of wild berries, cassis, and cigar box. On the palate, the rich and concentrated flavors of wild blackberry, dark cherry, ripe plum, fresh mountain herbs and savory spices are in perfect harmony with the rich, velvety texture, firm tannins, well-integrated structure, and a long and persistent finish with great lingering acidity, which makes this Cabernet Sauvignon a perfect accompaniment to any grilled meat dishes.
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