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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2008
Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 102300)

PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our CHARDONNAY vineyards are located in southern Napa Valley and the Carneros region where the soils are deep, well-drained loams, perfect for grape growing. Cooler temperatures at that end of the valley provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the fruit to fully ripen in harmony with the vines' physiological development. The vines consist of several small berry Dijon and Wente clones, which ripen at lower alcohols and produce wines with intense flavor concentration. The fruit is hand picked at night and whole cluster pressed. In order to preserve the minerality, fresh acidity and clean fruit characteristics, this vintage did not undergo malolactic fermentation. A portion of clones (20 per cent) have been fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of the fruit while adding layers of taste and complexity. The wine was aged on the lees in French oak (25 percent new) for six months, and stirred weekly during maturation.

The luscious aroma of honeysuckle greets the nose, following through to flavors of green apple and orange peel on the palate. The mid-palate is round with a creamy mouthfeel from aging on the lees.

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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.