Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2005
from Napa Valley, California
This release marks a defining development for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' Napa Valley Chardonnay as they give it the proprietary name – KARIA – to further establish its affinity to their estate wines. The name KARIA (kar-ee-ah) is derived from a Greek word meaning graceful, and it is this very character that is embodied in this wine.
With stylistic inspiration coming specifically from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' Arcadia Vineyard Chardonnay, the wine is refreshing, light and graceful on the palate, with bright acidity supporting ripe fruit flavors and a butterfly kiss of oak. The allure of this wine begins with aromas of Bosc pear, lemon meringue, and a flinty note. The crisp apple, pear, and citrus flavors linger across the palate while hints of ginger and coconut unfold. A delicate richness best describes this KARIA Chardonnay, making it a versatile wine for the dinner table.
Try it with sole in a simple lemon and butter sauce, or with seared Day Boat scallops marinated in lime juice, soy and honey.
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