Handwritten 2011 Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Decadently dark and sultry with aromas of black currant, cassis, tobacco and leather, the 2011 Handwritten Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts seductive flavors of blackberry, smoked cherries, and offers virile tannins that suggests an executive boardroom tryst.

handwrittensquareWe tasted this one along with some other Handwritten Wines releases in their lovely Saint Helena Tasting room on a recent trip to Napa for the 2014 Harvest.

We liked this and their other wines so much we had to bring several bottles home with us. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the famed Stags Leap District in Napa Valley, California, where grapes were harvested on October 28, 2011. The 14.9% ABV wine spent 22 months aging in French oak, 60% new. Priced at $115, we found the Handwritten Wines Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon more evocative than some of the more well-known cult wines from that area.

Pairing Suggestion: We paired it with a rib-eye kissed with garlic and broiled rare — but this wine would work well with any manly steak.

Handwritten Wines are available for purchase at the cottage in St. Helena, but often sell out to Handwritten Circle Members through allocation. To secure your own allocation, email the lovely Erin Maxwell, Allocation Manager.

While Handwritten Wines are not sold on-line, you may call Handwritten Wines directly to check availability and place an order. Handwritten Wines is offering a special deal for Another Wine Blog readers of $10 shipping on 6 or shipping included on a purchase of 12 or more of the 2011 Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet. There were only 475 cases made of this lovely wine, so act quickly to get yours. Please call Handwritten Wines directly at (707) 944-8524 and reference the Another Wine Blog reader deal. Offer valid through January 14, 2015.

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About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.