Stags Leap District Wine


Stags Leap District is located on the famous Silverado Trail of the Napa Valley region in northern California. Wine-making there began some time in the 1850s as California came under US control from Mexico and settlers arrived to homestead and chase the gold rush. Occidental Winery, the region’s first commercial one, was founded by Terrill L. Grigsby in the 1870s (now the site of Regusci Winery). The first winery to carry the Stags Leap name was founded by San Francisco entrepreneur Horace Chase. The origin of the name is debatable, but the favorite legend is it’s named for a stag which eluded hunters and leaped across the hills of the property to its freedom. 
By the late 1800s, Stags Leap winery was going strong and the area was booming. But Phylloxera took hold and killed many of the vines. The wineries that survived were further tamped down by the Prohibition, and most gave up to grow orchards instead. 
1961 marked a turning point when Nathan Fay Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Hartwell Vineyards

    Bob Hartwell's passion for wine stems from his decades as an avid collector. Bob, a fourth genera...

  • Baldacci Family Vineyards

    To fully appreciate the Baldacci family’s commitment to their craft, you really have to taste the...

  • Chimney Rock Winery

    Situated on the fabled Silverado Trail in the world-renowned Stags Leap District of California'a ...

  • Steltzner Vineyards

    Richard Steltzner established his first Stags Leap District Vineyards in 1965 while concurrently ...

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  • Baldacci Family Vineyards Red Blend Stags Leap District Four Sons Fraternity 2009


    Big oaky nose with lots of black fruit aromas. On the tongue, sure enough, the first hit is blackberry fruit. Then, around the edge of the tongue Im getting an almost lemony tartness. A bit of earthiness. Mid-levels of tannin until Ive swallowed and notice that my tongue seems almost scratchy when I rub it on my palate. Subsequent tastes se... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Robinson Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


    The wine itself has a beautiful, classic deep purple Cabernet color in the glass, leading to some bright ruby along the edges. The nose just explodes with rich aromas that immediately signal to my brain that a great glass of wine is on the way, blackberry, cassis, leather, oak, red meat and some hints of tar. The taste is a subdued blast of fr... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003


    Big sweet oak nose, maybe, some clove. Very watery at the front of the tongue. It takes a second to detect standard cabernet sauvignon cassis. Then there is a sourness around the edges of the tongue. Finally, unreined tannins step in. This is not a sipping wine. However, with some solid food, the sourness and the tannins are both calmed dow... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Steltzner Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Claret 2006


    Very nice purply color. Oaky, woody nose. Disappointingly light on initial introduction to the tonguealmost watery. As the wine passes over the tongue, and past the palate, though, blackberry and currant flavors can be detected. Then, there is a big hit of tanninvery drying on the tongue. I think that as this wine warms (I just pulled it ou... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Stags' Leap Cabernet Napa 2010


    Very tart. Decent, but for the price there are many other cheaper wines just as good. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Stags' Leap Cabernet Napa 2010


    Rich and robust with hints of spice. Read More

    Wine review by bhenak

  • Baldacci Family Vineyards Red Blend Stags Leap District Four Sons Fraternity 2009


    Aroma mostly wet leaves and hints of earthy spices. On the palate, blackberries, cassis, pie spices and toasted oak. Full bodied, long, spicy aromatic finish, firm tannins. Well balanced with good structure. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9

  • Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Artimus 2010


    Im in love witht this wine. Stags Leap in General, they make sucha good product and it never seems to amaze me. Well rounded tannins, fruitful and full. Not flabby texture just a beautiful mixture. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio

  • Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007


    Had this at a family gathering. Delicious! Ran out of it before I could get a second glass. Read More

    Wine review by Geo9797

  • Sinskey Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Sld Estate 2006


    90 pts.9/24/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

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