Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

S.L.V. BLOCK 3B
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 116
Vintage

2019

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

S.L.V. BLOCK 3B

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

10 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon exclusively from S.L.V. Block 3B, a block that often makes CASK 23
  • Winemaker Marcus Notaro thinks S.L.V. Block 3B may be the best block in the S.L.V. Vineyard
  • This block of Cabernet Sauvignon is varietally correct yet pronounced in its concentration and intensity
  • Your wine offers dark, dense fruit and graphite notes with a rich, robust structure

Winemaker Marcus Notaro thinks S.L.V. Block 3B may be the best block in the S.L.V. vineyard. Planted in 2001, S.L.V. Block 3B usually makes CASK 23 each year. The block is on the southeast corner of S.L.V. vineyard, just below the historic Block 4 that was planted in 1972. Block 3B is super rocky, with large cobbles in the rows. The vineyard team needs to break up the soil with a steel rod – called ripping – to encourage root growth. This forces the vines to really struggle resulting in wine with incredible intensity. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is varietally correct yet pronounced in its concentration and intensity. The wine offers dark, dense fruits, black currant and graphite notes with a rich and robust structure. The wine will be aged for 21 months in 100% New French oak barrels.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Marcus Notaro

Winemaker, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Winemaker, Marcus Notaro

Marcus Notaro joined Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in May 2013 as Winemaker, bringing with him close to two decades of expertise and passion for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. Marcus was previously making red wines in Washington state since 1995 and was the winemaker for Col Solare, a prestigious winery located in the Red Mountain appellation of Washington State. Like Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Col Solare is a partnership between Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori of Italy.

Marcus loves the complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon, saying, "It can make a rich, powerful wine without being heavy while truly expressing where it was grown." This passion is what drew Marcus to Napa Valley and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. His understanding of the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars signature wine style -- one of elegance and balance, ripeness and restraint -- and his ability to express both the terroir of the vineyard and the true varietal character of the grape, make him ideally suited for continuing the winemaking legacy at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.

Country born: United States

Education: While working at Col Solare, Marcus Notaro developed a strong rapport with the Antinori vineyard and winemaking teams during frequent travels to the Antinori estates in Tuscany. That experience fostered an international winemaking perspective that he has brought to his new role at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Everything begins in the vineyard and then it all comes together in the cellar. You need to do what the vineyard and the vintage tell you.

Oenogroup

78-79 Leadenhall Street
London    EC3A 3DH
UK
+442078463367

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Premiere Napa Valley 2021 Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Inglenook 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford The Hearth 25
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District S.L.V. BLOCK 3B 25
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