Cabernet Club

    The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association has completed one of its longtime goals for its 12th Annual Appellation Collection: A bottle of 2004 cabernet sauvignon is included from all 15 of its members, marking the first time it is offering the same vintage and varietal in one collection. The set offers wine lovers the opportunity to taste across the Stags Leap District, a small sub-appellation of Napa Valley, and includes cabernets from Baldacci Family Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Pine Ridge Winery, and Stags Leap Winery. The year 2004 marked a particularly great vintage in Napa Valley due to the sufficient winter rainfall, a warm spring, and an exceptionally hot summer that led to an intense crop of small grapes and an early harvest. Only 300 cases of the 2004 Appellation Collection are available, offered exclusively through the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association at $1,200 per case. (www.stagsleapdistrict.com)

    —Alexandra Foster

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