2009 Renteria Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L
Tasting Notes: This wine is classic Stags Leap with a pronounced natural acidity and soft tannins, allowing for aging. It hasa pretty palate that is plush, forward, and immediately approachable while balanced by smooth tannins. This wine highlights the characteristic Stags Leap flavors of dark stone fruits and berries with overtones of currants.
Winemaker's Notes: In 2009 Mother Nature managed to have it all work in unison to give vines and grapes the best scenario possible. Compare the nearly thirty days of intense frost from Spring 2008 to the fewer than five frost incidents in 2009, the start to the vintage was much less eventful for growers not worrying about the threat of frost - or the lack of water to combat it if it came. Late spring rains delayed irrigation needs and a warm spell in June helped curtail excessive canopy development. The 2009 growing season counted perhaps only four or five days of 100+ degree F temperatures (typically 14 days), again helping to reduce demand for water when the resource was relatively scarce. Though rainfall was little more than two-thirds of normal for the third year in a row, the timing of the precipitation was on the vine's side. Couple that with the lack of frost and the mild, relatively cool growing season: Vintage 2009 shaped up to be another beautiful vintage in the Napa Valley.
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Karen Culler
Production: 210 Cases
Optimal Drinking Window: 2011 - 2019