2004 Renteria Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap Magnum Etched
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine came from the Annapurna Vineyard in the Stags Leap District. The vineyard is on a south facing hillside location, taking advantage of the warm southern exposure. The vines were planted in the old style of Napa Valley--- wider spacing and thus bigger vines. The rootstock is 5C using Cabernet clone 2. These vines have the advantage of producing many, small berried clusters which lead to more character in the wine. The yields are low at 3 tons per acre.
The characteristic Stags Leap flavors are dark stone fruits and bramble berries. This berry aroma is especially present in the Renteria Cabernet. The mouth feel is also a classic Stags Leap—plush mid-palate with full, rich but soft, velvety tannins.