Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

XL
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 8
Vintage

2010

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

XL

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

10 cases produced

Definition of XL Ex`cel´ 1. To exceed or go beyond; to surpass. 2. Extra large, i.e.magnums 3. 40 in Roman numerals Stag's Leap Wine Cellars achieved international fame when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon bested some of France's greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the "Judgment of Paris." This "XL" lot pays tribute to this history-making vineyard – S.L.V. – and the "excel-lent" wines it produces. It also marks the 40th anniversary of the vineyard’s planting and the establishment of the winery. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from select blocks of S.L.V., bottled in magnums to convey the "mag-nitude" of this lot. This Cabernet Sauvignon offers the multi- layered structure, concentration and spicy intensity for which S.L.V. is heralded. The wine's full-bodied richness and structured tannins promise long life and ageability. Live large with Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "XL."


Aging Process

At time of bottling : 22 months

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.75
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Nicki Pruss

Winemaker, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Winemaker, Nicki Pruss

Nicki Pruss was on a very different career path when she was sidetracked by a fascination with wine. After graduating from the University of California in Santa Barbara, the native Californian moved to Chicago. There she graduated Cum Laude from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her podiatric surgery residency at Columbus Hospital. She returned home to California as a licensed podiatrist, but in 1995 a 5-month bicycle tour through France, Belgium and Germany changed everything.

She had long been an enthusiastic amateur beer‐maker, but during this European trip she realized that the career she really wanted was in wine. Upon her return to California, Nicki began studying viticulture and winery technology at Napa Valley College and fermenting any grapes she could get her hands on. Professionally, she began as an intern at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in 1998 and since that time moved up the winemaking ranks from Lab Technician, to Enologist, to Assistant Winemaker and Associate Winemaker. She was officially named Winemaker in 2005.

Throughout her tenure at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, she has continued to attend seminars and extension courses at the University of California at Davis and through the Napa Valley Grape Growers, ASEV and the Napa Valley Vintners. Much of her practical winemaking and grape-growing education has occurred on the job, working with and learning from the founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Renzo Cotarella, Danny Schuster, Jim Lincoln, Michael Silacci and other noted industry professionals. “Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has been the training ground for many people from around the world,” says Nicki, “and it has been an honor for me to be one of its ‘students.’”

Nicki’s contributions at Stagʹs Leap Wine Cellars have been numerous. She’s been intimately involved with the ARCADIA VINEYARD Chardonnay program since its inception in 1998, helped revitalize the winery’s Sauvignon Blanc program with a style that has been widely successful, and was instrumental in the creation of the ARTEMIS Cabernet program. In addition to crafting the winery’s three Estate Cabernet Sauvignons (FAY, S.L.V., CASK 23) each year, Nicki creates estate red wines that highlight select parcels that are bottled exclusively for the Wine Club. To Nicki, these specialty wines are a way to take club members “on a walk through the vineyard with the winemaker” to experience the unique characteristics that define the winery’s world-class vineyards.

Country born: United States

Education: Certificate in Viticulture and Winery Technology from Napa Valley College, a B.A. in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara, and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – Cum Laude from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, IL. I am a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture, the California Enological Research Association, and the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group. I am also a past Board member of the NVWTG

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Site trumps clone, Mother Nature bats last and I am a grape herder. I keep that in mind while at the same time weaving together the technical aspects of science, the artistry of wine and my gut feeling. I enjoy the creative challenge of working with nature to produce world-class wines with balance,elegance and restraint.

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