Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2013 FAY Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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The FAY vineyard is where the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars story began. Established by pioneering grape grower Nathan Fay in 1961, it was the first planting of Cabernet Sauvignon in what is now the Stags Leap District. At the time, conventional wisdom maintained that the area was too cold for Cabernet Sauvignon. But tasting Nathan Fay’s homemade Cabernet in 1969 was a defining moment for the founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Here was land capable of producing a wine that could rival the best in the world. Within a year an adjoining ranch, now known as S.L.V., was purchased. And, in 1986, the winery purchased Nathan Fay’s vineyard and named it FAY in his honor.
The 2013 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon offers inviting aromas of blackberry, cinnamon and violet along with hints of clove and nutmeg that carry over onto the palate. The wine has a soft, plush texture with fine-grained tannins that meld with the signature bright red cherry notes of the vineyard, leading to a lingering finish.
Try pairing this estate-grown Cabernet with prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin, braised short-ribs or roast chicken with fried sage
Harvest Dates: Sept. 11 – Oct. 9, 2013
Titratable Acidity: 0.53 g / 100 mL
Fermentation: 100% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation: 100%
Barrel Aging: 21 months 96% new French oak
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley (100% estate grown; 100% Stags Leap District)