As we celebrate the glorious mountain Atlas Peak that is home to our Stags Ridge Vineyard, we pay homage to its geological makeup. Basalt rocks are formed from volcanic activity, dark, fine grained and quite hard. This namesake wine shares those qualities and accentuates the bolder and richer side of mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon.
Aged In Oak
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Ridge Vineyard
9 Barrels Produced
Winemaker Andy Erickson
Basalt is the stronger counterpoint to the softer, more nuanced Shale bottling from the estate. Both wines capture the spirit of the terroir in different ways. The 2019 vintage—the first to be completely produced at the new winery—checks all the boxes for classic Napa Valley. This new vintage of Basalt showcases the deep, powerful, structured side of the vineyard. The winemaking is decidedly light-handed, the goal being to allow the vineyard come forward. Grapes were hand-harvested, sorted, and allowed to soak cold on the skins for five to seven days before fermentation. A long, slow maceration helped to build mid-palate and weight, while maintaining the fresh aromas and flavors of the fruit. Drained directly into French oak barrels, the wine was aged for twenty months and then bottled without fining or filtration.
On the nose, the wine is dark and brooding aromatically, with notes of incense, camphor, ripe black fruits, and dark chocolate. The palate is equally compelling, with ripe, rich fruit framed by muscular Atlas Peak tannins. Fresh raspberry, baked blueberry, and myriad black fruit flavors come forward along with baking spices and even some floral notes. A brief decanting and time in the glass bring all of these layers to the fore. The young wine has a lot to offer, and will continue to gain polish and complexity over the years with more bottle age.
Cellaring & Decanting
We expect this wine to age gracefully for a minimum of 10-15 years to be enjoyed at its fullest.
Once you are ready to savor the wine, we highly suggest decanting.
Decant young wines for 1 hour and add 1 hour of decanting for every 10 years of age. You can speed decanting wine by pouring the wine once or twice between two decanters (or between the decanter and the wine bottle with a funnel). If you don’t have a decanter, swirl your wine in the glass. The swirling increases the surface area of wine to oxygen and aerates it just as decanting would.
"Notes of ripe black and blue fruit, sage, chocolate and pencil shavings with touches of flowers and nut shells. Full-bodied and dry with an array of polished, fine-grained tannins, succulent fruit and a velvety texture. Long, mineral finish. Will soften with age and deliver something really outstanding. Try in 2024 and onwards."