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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Arcadia Chardonnay 2009
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Arcadia Chardonnay 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chardonnay opens with pleasing aromas of fresh-baked apple tart with a hint of nutmeg, white jasmine tea and sliced Pink Lady apple. The 8% new French Oak barrels add a note reminiscent of dulce de leche ice cream. The wine has a soft entry that moves seamlessly from the front to the back of the palate and rewards with beautifully balanced acidity, a lemon chiffon texture and subtle candied ginger notes. The palate is crisp and refreshing with persistent flavors and a Meyer lemon zest finish.

The wine's purity and mouthwatering acidity makes it a great match with oysters on the half shell, grilled white-fleshed fish on a bed of cannellini beans, and fresh sesame crusted Ahi tuna salad.

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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."