1998 was a different kind of vintage at Stags' Leap Winery. The weather was cooler than normal through the spring and into the summer months. The Cabernet Sauvignon that resulted had a linear structure supporting spicy, big, red-fruit characteristics. Winemaker Robert Brittan fermented the grapes in small lots, many with open tops. Hand-punching of the caps during extended maceration produced good color and tannin extraction.
After fermentation, Brittan aged the wine in medium-toast French Alliers oak... View More
A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags' Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.
Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at... View More