Our Chardonnay vineyards are located in southern Napa Valley and the Carneros region where the soils are deep, well-drained loams, perfect for grape growing. The fruit is hand picked at night and whole cluster pressed. In order to preserve the minerality, fresh acidity and clean fruit characteristics, this vintage did not undergo malolactic fermentation. A portion of clones (20 per cent) have been fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of the fruit while adding layers of taste and complexity. The wine was aged on the lees in French oak (25 percent new) for six months, and stirred weekly during maturation.
The luscious aroma of honeysuckle greets the nose, following through to flavors of green apple and orange peel on the palate.
|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.