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2012 Stags\' Leap Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah Napa Valley

2012 Stags' Leap Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah Napa Valley

95+ Points, Robert Parker
"Amazingly concentrated, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity and depth, this is a wine for 30-40 years of cellaring."

 
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About This Wine
VINTAGE
The 2012 vintage will be remembered for its abundance of high-quality fruit. The season
began with exceptional, moderate weather that brought virtually no harm to the grapes all
the way through fruit-set, and the long, mild days continued well into the summer. A
cooler-than-normal period hit at the end of September, which allowed for the
preservation of ideal fruit aromatics, freshness and natural acidity.

VINEYARDS
NE CEDE MALIS (pronounced Ne KAY Day Mah LEES) comes from the Latin phrase
“Don’t give in to misfortune,” the family motto of Stags’ Leap founder Horace Chase.
Sourced from the oldest block on our Estate with vines planted in 1929, the wine is
predominantly Petite Sirah, though it includes at least 16 other varietals in small
amounts. Year after year this gracefully aging vineyard produces a small lot of wine – a
truly unique field blend that simply could not be produced anywhere else.

WINEMAKING
Taking a minimalist approach Winemaker Christophe Paubert likes to say that he
“guides” rather than “makes” Ne Cede Malis. The carefully tended head trained vines in
this 5-acre plot include Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mourvedre, Grenache, Peloursin, Syrah
and even Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc among others. After hand picking, the grapes were
co-fermented, undergoing a short maceration prior to aging in American oak barrels
(25% new) for 12 months. The oak’s spiciness, which could overwhelm a delicate wine, is
easily handled by and helps enhance the strength and depth of this powerful varietal.

TASTING NOTES
A Petite Sirah-based field blend, Ne Cede Malis always delivers a one-of-a-kind tasting
experience each vintage. Rich and nuanced, the 2012 is immense in blackberry, currant
and black cherry with notes of licorice, black ground peppercorn and violet. Showcasing
all the hallmarks of a great Petite Sirah, the powerful, yet strikingly elegant tannins are
telling of this wine’s graceful aging potential for years to come.
Wine Profile
Vintage: 2012
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Petite Sirah
Appellation: Napa Valley
WSRating: 95
Ratings: 95+ Points, Robert Parker “Stags’ Leap has always had a great reputation for its Petite Sirahs. A prodigious Petite Sirah, their 2012 Petite Sirah Estate Ne Cede Malis is a blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Mixed Blacks aged 12 months in 25% new American oak. There are 900 cases of this massive, blockbuster, full-throttle wine from some of the oldest vines on the estate. (One parcel of Petite Sirah was planted in 1929.) Opaque purple, with notes of pen ink, graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, an amazingly concentrated, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity and depth, this is a wine for 30-40 years of cellaring. It is a killer effort.” Robert Parker, March 3, 2016
Ratings:

95+ Points, Robert Parker “Stags’ Leap has always had a great reputation for its Petite Sirahs. A prodigious Petite Sirah, their 2012 Petite Sirah Estate Ne Cede Malis is a blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Mixed Blacks aged 12 months in 25% new American oak. There are 900 cases of this massive, blockbuster, full-throttle wine from some of the oldest vines on the estate. (One parcel of Petite Sirah was planted in 1929.) Opaque purple, with notes of pen ink, graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, an amazingly concentrated, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity and depth, this is a wine for 30-40 years of cellaring. It is a killer effort.” Robert Parker, March 3, 2016

 
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