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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley Karia 2006

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Inviting aromas of white peach, apple, spiced pear, and citrus join with floral notes of honeysuckle and roses to create a beautiful bouquet. The fruity aromas carry over to the palate and marry with a subtle creaminess and a touch of warm brioche. This delicate richness makes the 2006 KARIA Chardonnay a versatile wine at the dinner table. Try it with chicken piccata, corn risotto, or a warm goat cheese salad.

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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 Karia

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.00 5
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
05/15/2009

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


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

Four glasses


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

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A contrast of fleshy fruit and angular oak, this sets the mineral scent of less against the perfume of Bourbon and brown sugar. Give it some time to absorb some of the oak, then pour it with a veal roast.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe allure of this wine begins with aromas of Bosc pear, lemon meringue, and a flinty note. The crisp apple, pear, and citrus flavors linger across the palate while hints of ginger and coconut unfold. A delicate richness best describes this KARIA Chardonnay, making it a versatile wine for the dinner table. Try it with sole in a simple lemon and butter sauce, or with seared Day Boat scallops marinated in lime juice, soy, and honey.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

With just a hint of oak, this Chardonnay is all about fruit and acidity. Itandrsquo;s dry and crisp, with a firm, clean mouthfeel, and pleasant citrus, apple, pear and mineral flavors.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 thatrsquo;s delicious now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

In 1995, a group of us were lucky to taste this wine in barrel with the winemaker, Robert Brittan, who himself grows much of the Chardonnay that goes into the blend. Thoughtful, generous with his knowledge, and scrupulous about the quality of his wines, he produces a very rich Chardonnay, with typical Napa fruitiness and measured oak influence that is above all balanced and dry enough to enjoy with a meal.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

An elegant, understated style, with lots of spicy pear, apple and hazelnut notes. Finishes with a smooth, silky texture and a lingering aftertaste.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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


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Inviting aromas of white peach, apple, spiced pear, and citrus join with floral notes of honeysuckle and roses to create a beautiful bouquet. The fruity aromas carry over to the palate and marry with a subtle creaminess and a touch of warm brioche. This delicate richness makes the 2006 KARIA Chardonnay a versatile wine at the dinner table. Try it with chicken piccata, corn risotto, or a warm goat cheese salad.

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