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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2011
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is a blend of 59% Sauvignon Musque and 41% Sauvignon Blanc that is fermented in a combination of previously filled French oak barrels (76%) and stainless steel (24%) and aged for 4-5 months in previously filled French oak barrels. This Napa white offers vibrant, layered aromas of pineapple, stone fruit, green apple and lime on the nose. On the palate, flavors of pear, honeydew melon, citrus, toasted almonds and minerals with bright acidity and a long, lingering finish.
External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Estate-grown grapes from their vineyard adjacent to the Napa River in the Oak Knoll District are sourced primarily for this wine. And just over the hill in the warmer Wooden Valley, long-time grower Terry Wilson farms Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque at Rancho Chimiles. The Chimiles Sauvignon grapes lend racy citrus and mineral notes to the wine. The estate grapes as well as the Chimiles grapes are a mix of Sauvignon Blanc and the highly aromatic clone known as Sauvignon Musque. The juice is fermented in a mix of older French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. The wine remained in contact with the lees for six months, rounding out the texture. Wine & Spirits Magazine scored this 93 points saying "Blended from SLWC’s estate vineyard in Oak Knoll with a small contribution from Rancho Chimiles in Wooden Valley, in the hills south of Atlas Peak, this is predominantly sauvignon musqué (59 percent). The flavors are both luscious and fresh, their ripeness ranging from pear and passion fruit to tighter pink grapefruit pith. It’s a sturdy sauvignon with the kind of richness that’s suited to meaty grilled fish."
Aromas and flavors of ruby red grapefruit, mandarin orange, guava and Comice pear.
This vibrant wine offers a pleasing tropical nose of orange blossom, grapefruit, lychee and peach. On the palate the wine has a juicy, fruit driven entry with lively acidity and flavors of guava, honeyed tangerine, juicy Comice pear, Kaffir lime and a mineral edge. The citrus notes mingle with sandalwood spice and linger on the energetic finish.
Stag's Leap Sauvignon Blanc shows aromas and flavors of ruby red grapefruit, mandarin orange, guava and Comice pear. Stag's Leap Sauignon Blanc is consistently one of the best Sauv. Blanc offerings from Napa Valley.
Inviting aromas of orange blossom and tangerine, bright citrus flavours with lingering fruit on the finish.Stags Leap is a Napa Valley first-growth estate producing world-renowned wines of exceptional beauty and long life. The story of Stags Leap Wine Cellars is now legendary: Founded in 1970, the winery was thrust into the spotlight when a bottle of the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap Vineyard won the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting, beating some of Frances greatest wines.Grapes: 100% Sauvignon BlancRegion: USA / California / Napa ValleyMaker: Christophe PaubertNotes: Inviting aromas of orange blossom, tangerine and a hint of grass. On the palate, the wine has bright citrus flavours with lingering fruit on the finish. The wine is refreshing with a nice weight and texture and the crisp acidity makes it a perfect food wine.Serve: At 10-12c with grilled oysters with mignonette sauce, grilled prosciutto-wrapped shrimp, fresh fish ceviche with cilantroABV: 14.5%