Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 95pts - "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Merlot. It is a slightly more powerful wine at 15.2% alcohol (compared to the 14.8% of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon). This cuts a deeper, broader swath across the mouth and is clearly full-bodied, but has gorgeous purity of fruit with hints of background Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, crème de cassis and lead pencil shavings. This beautiful, extremely pure wine is the quintessential expression of Stags Leap. It is a beauty that has come into full maturity and should last for another 10-15+ years." - Jun 2015
The Poetry Vineyard, carved into a steep west-facing hillside, reaches from the highest elevations of the Stags Leap District appellation to the valley floor. This vineyard draws its uniqueness from shallow, volcanic soils atop fractured shale. Due to the stressful nature of the site, planted with high vine density and farmed to very low yields, the vines develop slowly and produce small flavorful berries. The vineyard is planted to legendary, proprietary heritage selections of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting and refinement process. The berries were gently delivered to tank by our unique crane system, minimizing disruption of berry integrity. Cold soaks lasted approximately three to five days and fermentations were managed via a combination of delestage and pumpovers. Extended maceration of two and a half to five weeks fine-tuned our tannin profiles, and allowed us to perfect mouth feel and wine complexity. The components that make up this wine underwent eighteen months of elevage in seventy-eight percent new French oak and twenty-two percent neutral French oak. The final blend is composed of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, and 2% Merlot.
This multi-tiered wine boasts layers of complexity that evolve as the wine slowly decants. An initial burst of black licorice drizzled on a blueberry pie is accented by intensely perfumed posies. A second, deeper layer combines a kirsch component with sandalwood, nutmeg, and candied citrus notes. Such heady aromatics segue into rich and harmonious flavors of dark ripe cherry, cassis, and chocolate cordial framed by classically structured acidity and focused tannin. A svelte yet dense extract creates a finishing richness which declares that this is a wine for the ages.