2023 ELIA Rosé

2023 ELIA Rosé

Rosé

ABOUT ELIA

Derived from the Greek word for “olive,” symbolizing peace and prosperity, the ELIA Rosé is Cabernet Sauvignon from our iconic estate vineyards. For the first time, the wine is a combination of fruit from S.L.V. and FAY Vineyard.

S.L.V., also known as Stag’s Leap Vineyard, is the winery’s first vineyard. Planted in 1970, this vineyard achieved international fame when three-year-old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that stunned the wine world when it bested some of France’s greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the “Judgment of Paris.”

The FAY Vineyard was established by pioneering grape grower Nathan Fay in 1961. It was the first planting of Cabernet Sauvignon in what is now the Stags Leap District. At the time, conventional wisdom maintained that the area was too cool for Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1986, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars purchased Nathan Fay’s vineyard and named it FAY in his honor. 

VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING

FAY vineyard remains one of the great Napa Valley vineyards, producing fruit with an abundance of supple red and black berry character, voluptuous perfume and luscious, fine-grained texture. Made for the first time with the 2015 vintage, Winemaker Marcus Notaro created this special wine so that guests visiting the FAY Outlook & Visitor Center could enjoy it on the patio (especially on a warm summer day).

For the 2023 vintage, 100% of the grapes were from FAY and SLV vineyards and were picked on September 25. The grapes were destemmed and soaked on skins for 3.5 hours before being pressed and fermented in 100% Stainless Steel to preserve the delicate aromas and flavors.

VINTAGE

The 2023 vintage could be the vintage of the decade. It is among the coolest growing seasons in Napa Valley in the past ten-plus years, resulting in wines that are exceptionally flavorful, expressive, and have strong potential to age for decades to come.   

Winter brought ample rainfall that filled reservoirs and enriched soils with lasting saturation. The two-year average rainfall in 2021 & 2022 was 17.5 inches. In 2023, that figure more than double to 39.6 inches at our estate.  

Cool conditions led to a later than average bud break in mid-April, with continued cold weather throughout bloom. Summer was a classic for Napa Valley, with the cool sea breeze all season long that resulted in a slow and even ripening period.  

No significant heat waves occurred in late August or early September like the prior two vintages. Grape clusters developed beautifully, and we saw higher than average yields across all our estate vineyards.  

White grapes were harvested later than typical and had bright, fresh, complex aromatics and vibrant acidity. September progressed without extreme weather, so Cabernet continued a slow, steady, and even ripening period, producing remarkable wines. Cabernets are dark in color with varietally expressive aromatics, full of complexity and character. These wines have vibrant acidity, rich, flavorful structures, and lengthy tannins.  

This vintage rewarded patience. We remained diligent with farming adjustments to navigate cooler temperatures, and we took full take advantage of the long growing season to reveal the best expression of place. 

TASTING NOTES

This estate-grown ELIA Rosé has vibrant aromas of strawberries, crushed raspberries, fresh cherries, and floral notes.  It has a bright entry, thirst-quenching acidity, and flavors of persimmons and cherries. Red fruit flavors accompany the bright acidity and persistent finish.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Try pairing ELIA with grilled prosciutto-wrapped prawns, classic Nicoise salad, or fresh melon wrapped with prosciutto.

Analysis
Blend
61% Cabernet Sauvignon (63% FAY Vineyard, 27% SLV Vineyard) 39% Cabernet Franc
Aging
5 months, stainless steel
Alcohol
13.5%
TA
0.66 g/100ml
pH
3.00