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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 1998
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 1998
(search item no. 16638)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $40.94

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The perfume of orange blossoms in spring rain is a fleeting first impression-one is left with the more lasting one of dried apricot and baked pear scented by freshly grated nutmeg. A lush creamy entry of summer-ripe white peach laced with a touch offlintiness lifts on diaphanous wings-abreathtaking mix of poetry of fruit and brightness. This wine is not necessarily a ""food wine"" as they say, because its beauties are enough unto themselves, but if you are wondering, it will delightfully accompany whole poached King salmon in a beurre blanc sauce or rabbit cooked hunter style and served over creamy polenta.
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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."