Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2006
from Napa Valley, California
A constant presence in the vineyard,
Winemaker Kevin Morrisey walks the vine rows
every morning as harvest approaches, seeking
out blocks with intense ﬂavors, optimum acidity,
and perfect sweetness. The fruit is hand picked
and rushed to the winery where it is whole cluster pressed.
In order to preserve the minerality, fresh
acidity and clean fruit characteristics, Kevin did
not put the wine through malolactic fermentation.
The wine was aged on the lees in 100 percent
French oak (30 percent new) for eight months and
was stirred every two weeks during maturation.
Luscious aromas of white peach, tropical fruits,
spice and honeysuckle greet the nose as this
balanced Chardonnay presents ﬂavors of
lemon, pineapple and green apple on the palate,
and a creamy mouthfeel from aging on the lees.
Pleasing ﬂoral and spice notes from the French
oak carry rich fruit ﬂavors through for a juicy,
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