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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley Arcadia Vineyard 2007

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Hawks Crest is the "house wine" of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and known for fine quality and exceptional value, these wines have been handcrafted in the Napa Valley by SLWC since 1974. Hawk Crest consistently delivers distinctive, balanced and approachable wines that are ready to enjoy upon release and will continue to improve with age. The range has a dedicated winemaker Mark Smith, who joined Stag’s Leap in 1999 and immediately set about taking the wines to the next level. The main drive for this has come in the sourcing of the grapes which now come mostly from the Paso Robles and Lake County while the Chardonnay is from the the cooler Santa Lucia Highlands. Hawk Crest Chardonnay spends 7 months on its lees with 40% fermented in barrel. It opens with soft aromas of white peach and lemon alongside subtle notes of jasmine and oak spice. Styled after a Macon Village Chardonnay, the wine has a rich silky mouthfeel, medium body, and finishes with bright acidity laced with minerality. The softness of this Chardonnay makes this wine ideal with chicken soup, baked polenta, avodcado based dishes and grilled pork chops.

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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

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06/18/2009

Four glasses


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

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/02/2011

A fine job; this Chardonnay emphasizes structure and food compatibility rather than fruity extraction. There's good apple and peach flavor, bright acidity, enough oak to season and a sprinkling of dusty tannin.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/02/2011

Blends a tasty mix of fig, pear and citrus flavors with spicy, toasty oak, offering nice depth and complexity, coming down on the delicate side. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/02/2011

Cardamom and chutney spices mingle with citrus, Pippin apple and flowery lemon-verbena aromas. Ripe apricot and pear flavors lead into a luscious mid-palate with a pretty mineral-tinged structure.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/02/2011

Good pale yellow. Subdued aromas of pineapple, candied lemon peel, minerals and menthol. Bright, fresh and juicy, with clean flavors of pineapple and flowers. Not especially complex but the fruit flavors are lively and persistent. Dry-edged in a positive way.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/10/2010

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay 2007 Karia and all other wine from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/02/2011

There's something Chablisian about this Chardonnay. It's partly the acidity, which is high, and partly the gunmetal minerality, courtesy of another cool vintage in the southern Napa/Carneros region where the grapes were grown. Add in oak-infused pineapples, peaches and pears, and you have a fairly significant wine that could even benefit from some years in the cellar.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/14/2011

Richly toasted oak influences run through this wine in cereal and spice tones of toasted grain and nutmeg. For a veal stew.


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Hawks Crest is the "house wine" of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and known for fine quality and exceptional value, these wines have been handcrafted in the Napa Valley by SLWC since 1974. Hawk Crest consistently delivers distinctive, balanced and approachable wines that are ready to enjoy upon release and will continue to improve with age. The range has a dedicated winemaker Mark Smith, who joined Stag’s Leap in 1999 and immediately set about taking the wines to the next level. The main drive for this has come in the sourcing of the grapes which now come mostly from the Paso Robles and Lake County while the Chardonnay is from the the cooler Santa Lucia Highlands. Hawk Crest Chardonnay spends 7 months on its lees with 40% fermented in barrel. It opens with soft aromas of white peach and lemon alongside subtle notes of jasmine and oak spice. Styled after a Macon Village Chardonnay, the wine has a rich silky mouthfeel, medium body, and finishes with bright acidity laced with minerality. The softness of this Chardonnay makes this wine ideal with chicken soup, baked polenta, avodcado based dishes and grilled pork chops.

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