Wine Advocate 89 points - The estate’s biggest production cuvee is the 2013 Chardonnay Stags Leap District (25,000 cases produced). A very good value in Chardonnay, it sees no malolactic, is fermented and aged in a combination of 25% stainless steel, 25% new oak and 50% neutral wood, and represents a good California impersonation of a premier cru French Chablis. Notes of white corn, quince, pear and apple blossoms emerge from this medium-bodied, zesty, elegant 2013. Enjoy it over the next several years. (Oct 2014)
At Stags’ Leap Winery, we appreciate wines that enhance conversation and artisanal foods. This Chardonnay is a story of balance, a delicious intersection of richness and minerality achieved through careful selection of fruit, hand picking, and traditional techniques that are part of the winery’s classical standard of winegrowing.
|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.