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Karia Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012

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"This graceful Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh-cut Honey Crisp apple, citrus, toasted vanilla bean and hints of poached Comice pear and lilac. The wine has a full entry with flavors of ripe apple and delicate oak notes. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine. The long finish is reminiscent of Nilla wafers with banana cream pudding." -Winery

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths. We were founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, our wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure... Read more
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths. We were founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, our wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown. n May 24, 1976, a wine tasting took place in Paris that changed the world’s view of California wines forever. The tasting was the brainchild of Steven Spurrier, an English wine merchant who owned an innovative wine shop and adjacent wine school in the center of Paris. Located near the offices of IBM, many of the students at L’Academie du Vin were Americans who worked in France and were anxious to learn more about wine. Spurrier was intrigued by some of the California Cabernets and Chardonnays his students brought by the shop. Curious to see how these newcomers would fare against French wines made from the same kind of grapes, he arranged a blind wine tasting in celebration of the American Bicentennial activities in Paris. The French tasters chosen for the event had impeccable professional credentials. The French wines were First and other classified-growth red Bordeaux and white Burgundies. They were matched against California Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. The tasting was blind, with the identities of the wines concealed and the labels revealed only after the jury of nine tasters had voted its order of preference. The unthinkable happened. The 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon - the first vintage produced with grapes from vines a mere three years old - was judged the best. The Cabernet had bested four top-ranked Bordeaux, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from California bested its French counterparts. TIME magazine’s Paris correspondent was on hand for the tasting and broke the news. Less might have been made of the whole thing had the French tasters been other than top-notch - and had they been less disdainful toward the California selections as they tasted. The French tasters were stunned when the names of the wines were revealed. The impact of the tasting for California wines was immediate, like a vinous "shot heard round the world," as one observer put it, catapulting California wines onto the world stage by illustrating that exceptional wines could come from somewhere other than traditionally sacrosanct French terroir. The 1976 Paris tasting has been duplicated over the years, often with similar results. One of those tastings took place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 1996 to mark the 20th anniversary of the event. At that time bottles of the first-place wines--the 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay--were placed into the Museum’s collections. Today, the wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars continue to command the respect and admiration of wine aficionados the world over, proving beyond a doubt that the Paris victory was no accident, and that our Napa Valley wines age as gracefully as the beautiful and time-honored wines of Bordeaux Read less

Member Reviews for Karia Napa Valley Chardonnay

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Snooth User: mGoodnight
47109774
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/04/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/25/2009

Once again, a solid wine from Stags Leap Cellars. Cream and vanilla in the nose with some white fruit. Rich texture to the wine with a creamy texture and muted fruit.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 05/15/2009

Apples and pears, but too oaky. Big body. Acidic.


Snooth User: youngtri
12259717
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/05/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Karia Napa Valley Chardonnay

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
11/12/2013

The name KARIA (KAR-ee-ah) is derived from the Greek word meaning graceful, and the 2012 KARIA Chardonnay lives up to its moniker. KARIA comes from a tapestry of vineyards in and south of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2010 02/01/2013

Founded in 1970, Stag s Leap Wine Cellars has a long and distinguished wine reputation and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/07/2012

Pale bright yellow. Citrus fruits, licorice and white flowers on the nose. Intense and bright in the mouth, with good depth and ripeness to the flavors of cyanic peach pit and fresh herbs. Finishes tactile and lightly salty, with very good length. Somewha


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Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Medium body, acid, fruit and oak. Minerals, vanilla, apples. Well balanced, austere fruit dominated by minerals with oak hints throughout length.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Ripe and spicy, boasting pretty pear, light oak, hazelnut and butter flavors that turn elegant and refined.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Broad, ripe and spicy, with a spicy nutmeg edge to the pear, apple, toast and vanilla flavors, picking up a grassy edge on the finish. A harmonious style that's delicious now.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Best known for their classic Cabernet, this producer has a confident and skilled hand with Chardonnay, too. This is a well-proportioned wine that displays complex apple, lime, vanilla and earthy mineral notes. There's a crisp tautness to the apple fruit and tart citrus acidity that carries on the long, spicy finish. A powerhouse that promises to open up over the next year.


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"This graceful Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh-cut Honey Crisp apple, citrus, toasted vanilla bean and hints of poached Comice pear and lilac. The wine has a full entry with flavors of ripe apple and delicate oak notes. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine. The long finish is reminiscent of Nilla wafers with banana cream pudding." -Winery

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