Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

FAY Block 5C
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 114
Vintage

2017

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

FAY Block 5C

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

10 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon exclusively from FAY Block 5C, the very heart of FAY Vineyard
  • This is the only block in FAY Vineyard that has a V-shaped trellis system, allowing for dappled light exposure on the fruit
  • The resulting wine has tannins that are softer and silkier, and flavors that are more red-fruit driven
  • This special, low-yielding block of Cabernet Sauvignon often makes it into CASK 23

This unique wine is 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon sourced exclusively from FAY Block 5C, the very heart of FAY Vineyard. The only block in FAY Vineyard to have a V-shaped trellis system that splits canopy growth from the cordon in a V-shaped pattern, allowing for dappled light exposure on the fruit (vs. direct sun exposure) and healthy air circulation. The results are tannins that are softer and silkier and flavors that are more red fruit-driven than other blocks in FAY Vineyard. This Cabernet Sauvignon offers generous aromas of spicy red fruit along with notes of boysenberry, fig and chocolate. Aged for 21 months in 100 percent 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.

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