Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley Arcadia Vineyard 2007
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.
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.
External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley Arcadia Vineyard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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