Stags' Leap Petite Sirah 2018 125th Anniversary [1.5 L]
(Napa Valley, California) - [JS 97] [NM 93]
Regular price $225.00 Sale price $224.97 Save $0.03
On one of California's earliest wine estates, a unique terroir and ideal microclimate support a classical standard of viticulture, land use, and winemaking that is as relevant today as it was over a century ago.
An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags' Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.
About the Wine:
This 125th special anniversary bottling of Petite Sirah leaps from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, cherry liqueur and plum, alongside floral perfumed notes of wild violet and jasmine, supported by savory notes of pepper spice, earthy loam and crushed minerals. The palate is juicy, ripe and full, with crème de cassis, macerated blackberries, cherry kirsch, black licorice and dark spiced plum, layering the rich, saturated mouthfeel, followed by a subtle black gunpowder tea, allspice and black pepper note from the oak ageing, which integrates seamlessly. This wine is boisterous with robust velvety tannins and a strong generosity leading to a lengthy finish. Mouthwatering acidity supports throughout, inviting you to enjoy now, but has the depth and complexity to age for many years to come.
A tribute to our 125th anniversary, this 2018 vintage is bottled in magnum format only, to allow for optimal extended aging, and will be offered exclusively through the tasting room. For this special vintage, grapes were sourced entirely from the vineyards located on our Stags’ Leap estate’s deep, rocky soils, bringing forth a beautiful intensity, along with a profile to highlight the floral, spice and fruit characteristics of Petite Sirah. Seventy percent of the estate blocks in this blend are vines that are more than 40 years old, adding incredible richness, complexity, and depth.
Ratings & Reviews
97 Points - James Suckling:
"A solid red with deep berry, dark-chocolate and hazelnut character. Some clove and mahogany, too. It’s full-bodied, dense and chewy with very polished, layered tannins. I like the energy and focus to this petite sirah. One of the best I have ever had. Real old-vine character. Drink or hold." (Jun 2021)
93 Points - Natalie MacLean:
"Stags' Leap Winery 2018 Petite Sirah is a smoky and spicy Napa Valley red wine with a splash of Syrah and Grenache added to the mix. Dark purple in the glass, this full-bodied red is dry and intense with blackberry, blueberry, meaty, cocoa, dried wild herbs and spicy flavours on the palate. Drink or hold. Pour with a game tourtiere." (Oct 2021)