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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Arcadia Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
  • RP91
13.5% ABV
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This Chardonnay opens with pleasing aromas of fresh-baked apple tart with a hint of nutmeg, white jasmine tea and sliced Pink Lady apple. The 8% new French Oak barrels add a note reminiscent of dulce de leche ice cream. The wine has a soft entry that moves seamlessly from the front to the back of the palate and rewards with beautifully balanced acidity, a lemon chiffon texture and subtle candied ginger notes. The palate is crisp and refreshing with persistent flavors and a Meyer lemon zest finish.

The wine's purity and mouthwatering acidity makes it a great match with oysters on the half shell, grilled white-fleshed fish on a bed of cannellini beans, and fresh sesame crusted Ahi tuna salad.

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There are about 1,000 cases of the 2009 Chardonnay Arcadia Vineyard from the Coombsville appellation. This is the personal vineyard of the previous proprietor, Warren Winiarski. Its light straw color is accompanied by notes of crushed rocks, white currants, citrus blossoms and nectarines. The wine possesses good acidity, a subtle, incremental building of flavors and intensity, medium body and a stony, Chablis-like personality.
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, , California
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."

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

CAR232601_09_2009 Item# 118581

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