James Suckling 92
“Cooked-apple and honey character with some candied pear and stone. It’s full-bodied with a rather oily texture, yet it remains fresh and clean at the finish. Drink now.”
This lively and aromatic Chardonnay is bright and crisp with notes of fresh green apple, Meyer lemon, white peach, and melon, accompanied by delicate notes of Tarte Tatin and brioche toast (a nod to the well- integrated French Oak). Lithe and mouthwatering, the palate is linear and lean with layers of apple, vanilla bean, and spiced Asian pear, supported by a viscous mouthfeel that is rich and balanced—a tribute to the delicate batonnage (lees stirring) that occurs during the winemaking process. The finish is lengthy and structured with mineral undertones, maintained by a core of fresh acidity, presenting a Chardonnay that is full of finesse and complexity.
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The Stags' Leap Estate
ON THE WATERSHED OF THE STAGS LEAP PALISADES, ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S EARLIEST WINE ESTATES...
On one of California's earliest wine estates, a unique terroir and ideal microclimate support a classical standard of viticulture, land use, and winemaking that is as relevant today as it was over a century ago.
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.
Winemaking is traditional here, focused on a pure expression of the land. We didn't invent winemaking; we just work hard at it. Everything is well-informed by experience and classic winemaking technique, but nothing is rote or formulaic. Decisions are made based on the fruit itself, and the conditions of each and every harvest. Our consistent quality of wines comes from this balancing act. Our wines are well made. They're delicious, showing finesse and integrity.