2000 - Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

Our wines from 1981 to 1988 could not carry the “Stags Leap District” label simply because the appellation had yet to be formally recognized. Unfortunately, just as the appellation was being approved, our Silverado Vineyard was hit with the scourge of phylloxera. It wasn’t until 1998 that we could once again create a singular wine from this storied site. For the next four vintages, we worked with various blends from the vineyard to create a wine with the classic forward fruit, firm structure and supple tannins that are the hallmarks of Stags Leap District. That effort culminated in the introduction of SOLO in 2002, to honor Silverado’s own Heritage Clone.

Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage Notes With the exception of a brief heatwave in June that reminded us of 1981, and a trace amount of rain during late August and early September (just enough to keep the dust down), the 2000 growing season was nearly perfect. Warm afternoons and cold nights led up to a mild harvest season—the best kind, according to winemakers. Vineyard yields, below average the year before, returned to near normal.
  • Varietal 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • Vineyard 100% Silverado Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 21 - 6, 2000
    24.3º Brix
    Yields of 5 tons/acre
  • Oak Profile 20 months barrel age
    75% new oak
    Overall oak profile: 80% French, 20% American
  • Skin Contact 32 days of skin contact
  • Analysis 14.5% Alcohol
    6.35 g/L TA
    3.67 pH
    Bottled October 2002