Napa Valley Chardonnay Karia Stag's Leap Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estados Unidos California Branco Seco 2005

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"The name Karia is derived from a word meaning graceful and it is the very character that we seek most in this wine. Crafted in large part with grapes from our estate vineyards, the wine is refreshing, light and graceful on the palate, with bright acidity supporting rich fruit flavors and a mere butterfly kiss of oak. "

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Stags' Leap Winery:
A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags’ Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s. Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of ... Read more
A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags’ Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s. Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children’s activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition). Read less
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External Reviews for Napa Valley Chardonnay Karia Stag's Leap Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estados Unidos California Branco Seco

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

This is the baby sister to Stag’s Leap’s more expensive and established Arcadia Chardonnay. Karia – Greek for graceful – is all that, but in its coming out, this debutante isn’t there yet, but she has great potential. Right now, she’s only in her infancy. Rounder and fuller than its sibling, the Karia <I>(CAR-ee-a)</I> is showing tropical fruit notes and a potential for elegance. All in all though, it exhibits the balanced acidity that is so prevalent in the Arcadia. A preponderance of the fruit (65%) comes from the Arcadia Vineyard in the Coombsville area in the eastern hills above the city of Napa, while the rest comes from the winery’s Stags Leap District estate vineyard. As with the Arcadia, a portion (9% as compared to 35%) of the Karia was fermented in stainless steel tanks. Thirty percent of the remainder saw new French oak (compared to no new oak for the Arcadia). Twenty-eight percent of the juice was introduced to malolactic fermentation (compared to 15% for the Arcadia), and the listed alcohol is still a very reasonable 13.5 percent (as compared to only 12.8 percent for the Arcadia). I was flabbergasted to learn that there were 20,000 cases of this wine produced. You don’t see so much wine given this much attention and detail. Give this one some time and Karia may grow up to give her big sister a sibling rivalry for the ages.



"The name Karia is derived from a word meaning graceful and it is the very character that we seek most in this wine. Crafted in large part with grapes from our estate vineyards, the wine is refreshing, light and graceful on the palate, with bright acidity supporting rich fruit flavors and a mere butterfly kiss of oak. "

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