Stags' Leap Winery Viognier Napa Valley 2006
Voignier has been used as part of the final Stags' Leap Petite Syrah blend for the past thirteen years, but it wasn't until 1998 that the wine found its own bottle. In 2006, growing conditions during harvest were perfect, making it a standout vintage. A cool start to the season produced a late bud break, which could have delayed harvest by several weeks. But warm temperatures during the summer months accelerated ripening in Carneros and contributed to the exotic fruit flavors and aromas in the wine. The fruit for the 2006 Stags' Leap Viognier comes from vineyards that are planted to the rocky soils of the Stanly Ranch in Carneros. Harvested by hand, the fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented in three-year-old French oak barrels. It was then aged on the lees and stirred every two weeks for eight months. Light straw in color, this wine offers aromas of honeydew melon, citrus and floral notes on the nose as the crisp entry introduces flavors of white peach, honeysuckle and slight grapefruit. Vibrant acidity leads to a full mouthfeel featuring kiwi and key lime notes that transition to a long finish featuring fruit to the end.
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Wine Tasting NotesDominated by a bouquet of honeysuckle, nectarine, citrus blossom, and essence of pear, this wine combines bright floral expression with a voluminous richness on the palate. This classically luxuriant Stags Leap Napa Valley Viognier balances its full body and silky viscosity with fresh vibrant acidity. A terrific vintage for Viognier, the wine is intensely aromatic and exuberant in its delivery of true varietal character. The finish is delicate, dry and crisp.