Wine Advocate 91 points - The sensational 2011 Petite Sirah Ne Cede Malis Estate comes from a plot of old vines planted in 1929. A superstar in 2011, it boasts a dense blue/purple color as well as copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, licorice, camphor and incense. Deep, pure and impressively endowed, it is best consumed over the next 10-15 years. (Oct 2014)
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.
|On one of California’s earliest wine estates, a unique terroir and ideal microclimate support a classical standard of viticulture, land use, and winemaking that is as relevant today as it was over a century ago.
An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags’ Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.