"Sed Contra Audentior Ito" - Always Push Harder - was the latter part of the family motto of Stags' Leap Winery founder Horace Chase. Audentia Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is our tribute to this sentiment, crafted from an inimitable blend of estate vines that each year push to yield their most concentrated, yet nuanced and elegant fruit.
Situated just west of the Ne Cede Malis vineyard, Block 9 shares similar rocky soils to its neighboring block, yet produces fruit with traits unlike any other Petite Sirah. This vineyard naturally produces half the yields of a typical block and the resulting fruit is incredibly concentrated with almost double the color and tannins than that of Cabernet Sauvignon. Unique to the Stags' Leap Estate, this Petite Sirah maintains the wonderful black fruit flavors and power that are beloved of the varietal without the dominant spice and floral notes. This allows the Petite Sirah to be a wonderful counterpart to Cabernet Sauvignon, extracting power, richness and elegance from each varietal.
Blending this exceptional Petite Sirah with hand selected lots of the Estate's best Cabernet, Audentia pushes Cabernet Sauvignon to a new level of power and concentration while still maintaining the winery's signature touch of elegance. It reinforces what the varietal can achieve while beautifully reflecting on the land and history of our storied Estate.
Wine AdvocateThe prodigious 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Audentia Estate (only 300 cases produced) takes its name from the Latin "sed contra audentior ito," which means "always push harder." A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petite Sirah (I don't think I've ever before seen this blend in Napa Valley), this blockbuster boasts an opaque purple color, layers and layers of blackberries, cassis, incense and camphor-infused fruit, a full-bodied, powerful, muscular mouthfeel and a long finish with its aging in 75% new French oak well-disguised by the wine's extravagant richness and power. The one downside to the 2010 Audentia is that it needs 5-10 years of bottle age, after which it should age for 35-50+ years. It is a connoisseur's choice for sure.