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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2005
Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 88030)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $29.99

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:

Pleasing aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, peach, spice and floral notes are the introduction to this balanced Chardonnay, which features flavors of green apple, lemon and pineapple on the palate, and a creamy mouthfeel from aging on the lees. Backnotes of spice from the French oak and a touch of minerality commingle with the rich fruit flavors for a generous, 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.