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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2016

Member Review by vin0vin0:

This is a fantastic Napa chardonnay. This wine is well balanced with nice subtle oak, medium fine acidity, lovely crisp lemon meringue, ripe green apple and some pear. Great mouth feel, slightly viscous and tongue coating.

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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 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 03/22/2014

This is a fantastic Napa chardonnay. This wine is well balanced with nice subtle oak, medium fine acidity, lovely crisp lemon meringue, ripe green apple and some pear. Great mouth feel, slightly viscous and tongue coating.


Snooth User: runningbear
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 12/26/2013

As usual, Stag's Leap delivers. This one was a little bit more acidic on the finish, though.


Snooth User: runningbear
43154729
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 08/09/2013

Very nice balanced chardonnay from stags' leap.


Snooth User: perfectlywright
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/27/2014

Very nice with an entree of seafood pasta w/ vodka sauce. Light, crisp, hints of something sweet.


Snooth User: TexasTerry
7425008
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/11/2011

Light and crisp. Very nice wine!


Snooth User: nyc853
325268356
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/10/2011

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: TheKozars
890635594
1.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/23/2011

Not impressed for the price. $37 V


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External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley

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Vintage: 2015 02/05/2017

Aromas of lemon zest, tart white peach and crisp pear followed on the palate with vibrant citrus intensity and nutty undertones. - Winery


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Vintage: 2013 12/11/2014

Distinct aromas of lemon zest, tart white peach and crisp pear show generously in this refreshing and focused cool-climate Chardonnay. On the palate, vibrant citrus fruit flavors are balanced by a wet stone core and pleasant undertones of light smoke. Driven by wonderful fruit intensity, lasting lemon minerality and bright acidity. - Winery


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Vintage: 2013 01/29/2009

Aromas of vanilla highlighted by subtle notes of peach and melon. Flavors of fig, bright citrus, and clove harmonize in a lively counterpoint. An inviting viscosity, layers of texture and an ideal level of acidity round out the sensory experience.


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Vintage: 2012 09/26/2013

Aromas of honeysuckle following through to flavors of green apple and orange peel on the palate are characteristic of Stags' Leap Chardonnay. The mid-palate is round with a creamy mouthfeel from aging on the lees and the finish has length that is complex yet crisp and balanced. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2011 01/11/2013

Stags' Leap Winery is widely known for it's Stone Manor House, popularized by Hollywood stars, is located north of Napa Valley and rests on 240 acres of estate and 90 acres of vineyards.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 01/11/2013

Free Shipping Item! Stags' Leap Winery is widely known for it's Stone Manor House, popularized by Hollywood stars, is located north of Napa Valley and rests on 240 acres of estate and 90 acres of vineyards.


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2011 07/08/2010

Winemaker's Notes: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 winerys classical standard of winegrowing.


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