About Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2019:
ARTEMIS, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, is a wine that truly reflects its name. It’s the culmination of vineyard’s hunt for the finest grapes from Napa Valley which, when combined with estate-grown fruit, creates a Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the regional character of Napa Valley with the signature style of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. This approach results in a wine of lush fruit flavors balanced by extraordinary structure and elegance. Whereas the Estate Cabernet Sauvignons showcase the distinctive characteristics of each vineyard, ARTEMIS demonstrates how astute grape selection and skillful blending can create a wine that represents the sum of Napa Valley’s best Cabernet Sauvignon parts.
ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon delivers expressive aromas of ripe raspberry, dark cherry and blackberry along with hints of cedar and spice. The mid-palate is pleasant and round with flavors of dark chocolate, plum, dried fruit and toasted oak. The finish is rich and lingering.
The wine was aged for 15 months in 40% new oak (35% new French Oak; 5% new American Oak) with the balance in older oak barrels.
Spring in Napa Valley was wet with significant rain that increased canopy growth and caused some shatter during bloom in the vineyards. The vineyard team worked diligently to balance canopies and fruit load, and to expose the fruit to the sun at the right time. Following this wet and cool start to the year that resulted in a lot of vigor, the summer gave way to near ideal growing conditions. Like 2018, a long growing season allowed for grapes to reach optimal ripeness. Yields were less than 2018 and harvest was later than usual.
The main challenge this harvest was powering wineries with generators, as the power company shut off electricity to mitigate any potential fires due to high winds. Fires in upper Sonoma did not affect northern Napa Valley vineyards, and winds kept smoke out of the valley. Overall quality is quite high. Whites are aromatic and crisp, and Cabernet Sauvignon has beautiful dark fruit aromas, nice complexity, and more richness than 2018.
Estate fruit combines with grapes from other distinctive sites , adding layers of flavors and complexity. Together, they create wines that express the regional character of Napa Valley with the signature style of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. It’s an approach that results in wines of lush fruit balanced by extraordinary structure and elegance.
About The Winery:
A Napa Valley first-growth estate producing world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignon of exceptional beauty and long life.
The story of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is now legendary. Founded in 1970, the winery was thrust into the spotlight when a bottle of the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stag’s Leap Vineyard won the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting, besting some of France’s greatest wines. The historic tasting, which has become known as the Judgment of Paris, fundamentally transformed how California wines were viewed worldwide. And the stunning victory over renowned wines of Bordeaux launched Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars into the ranks of the world’s most noteworthy Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Over the years, the wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide.
The winery is also recognized for its Napa Valley Collection of wines including ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon and KARIA Chardonnay. Estate fruit combines with grapes from other distinctive sites , adding layers of flavors and complexity. Together, they create wines that express the regional character of Napa Valley with the signature style of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. It’s an approach that results in wines of lush fruit balanced by extraordinary structure and elegance.