2021 SLV Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 SLV Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

ABOUT S.L.V.

S.L.V., also known as Stag’s Leap Vineyards, is the winery’s first vineyard. Today, this vineyard continues to produce wines with layers of complexity, spicy intensity and excellent structure.

VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING

For this wine the primary blocks were 2A, 3A, 1A, 3B and S.L.V. Block 4 – the “grande dame” of the vineyard – which was planted in 1972. These vines along with blocks on the eastern side of S.L.V., characterized by their fire-borne volcanic soils, give this wine its structure and sense of minerality along with concentrated dark fruit flavors and ripe, elegant tannins.

VINTAGE

The second consecutive year of very dry conditions during winter and spring coupled with challenging weather during bloom, resulted in a reduction in yield and more variability on the size of the clusters. A near perfect summer of classic Napa Valley weather: moderate temperatures during the day and cool sea breezes in the afternoon and evening, resulted in balanced structure. Early September saw a mini heat wave that pushed ripeness along, then a return to beautiful weather for the remainder of harvest. The 2021 vintage is one of the highest quality we’ve seen in the last decade.

TASTING NOTES

The 2021 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon offers generous aromas of black currants, mocha, olive, figs, and a touch of espresso. A rich mouthfeel, and a dense, balanced core, lead into a lengthy finish with flavors of dark chocolate, blackberry reduction, and a touch of oak.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Enjoy with Steak Diane, Grilled Hangar Steak with Chimichurri, Duck Confit with Roasted Figs and Polenta or Mushroom Ravioli with Arrabiata Sauce.

Analysis
Blend
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging
21 months 100% new French Oak
Alcohol
14.8%
TA
0.52 g/100ml
pH
3.81