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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2006
Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 93613)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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, long finish.

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About Stags' Leap Winery:

A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags' Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.

Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children's activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition).

An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.