2001 - 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 After a dry winter, warm February rains forced early bud break. Unseasonable hot weather in March accelerated growth and made the vines susceptible to hard frosts (the first in many years) that came in early April. Bloomtime heat further reduced the crop. July was spectacularly hot for a few days (114 in Calistoga!), but August and September were moderate, even cool, allowing ripening to proceed gradually. The Cabernet harvest took place over three weeks, allowing us to pick individual blocks at ideal ripeness.
  • Varietal 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • Vineyard 100% Silverado Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 10 - October 3, 2001
    Yields of 4.3 tons/acre
  • Skin Contact 25 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 22 months barrel age
    80% new oak
    New oak profile: 100% French
    Overall oak profile: 100% French
  • Analysis 14.5% Alcohol
    5.96 g/L TA
    3.54 pH
    Bottled September 2003