This is a well-balanced and elegant wine, and in typical Stags Leap District fashion, the 2008 is evolving beautifully. It is beginning to show more meaty and savory notes, while still displaying rich dark fruit and spice.
Fruit was sourced from our estate Twin Peaks Ranch, as well as the hillside terraces of our Poetry vineyard, in which yields are maintained at sparse levels, ranging from 0.8 to 3.8 tons/acre. The wine is composed of small lots from many of our best blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected rootstocks and clones.
Grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered hand sorting process. The whole berries were gently delivered to tank by our crane system, minimizing disruption of berry integrity. Cold soaks lasted approximately five days, and fermentations were managed via a combination of delestage, pumpovers, and punchdowns. Extended maceration ranging from three to four weeks fine-tuned our tannin profiles, allowing us to perfect mouth feel and wine complexity.
Black currant and citrus blossom aromas develop into plum, espresso, and allspice. Fine-grained tannins and a full, rich mid-palate expand through the finish with semi-sweet chocolate, balanced by fresh minerality. Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking- tasted, July 2015