Stags' Leap Winery

Napa Valley Chardonnay

8.8460 ratings
8.931 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
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Shay A
9.0

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

I was one of the only people to guess this as Cali Chardonnay, though I thought it was Sonoma. Very light and pale in color. Little acid. Touch of lemon tart and cashew on the nose with a fairly round mid palate. Drink these soon.

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

I was one of the only people to guess this as Cali Chardonnay, though I thought it was Sonoma. Very light and pale in color. Little acid. Touch of lemon tart and cashew on the nose with a fairly round mid palate. Drink these soon.

Jan 2nd, 2019
Andrew Lohse

Toast, lemon custard, baked apple / spice, vanilla / rich and smooth

Toast, lemon custard, baked apple / spice, vanilla / rich and smooth

Dec 6th, 2018
brando cox

Toasted oaky creamy yumminess. I love the complexity, balance and mouth feel with this. Superb floral notes. Pear. Melon. Wet rocks. Slate.

Toasted oaky creamy yumminess. I love the complexity, balance and mouth feel with this. Superb floral notes. Pear. Melon. Wet rocks. Slate.

Aug 9th, 2018
Lyn Farmer

A beautiful example of restrained oak allowing pristine fruit to shine through. Here is crisp acidity without harshness, and bright lemon and apple fruit with just a hint of spice from the oak. A vibrant wine in the fashion of Burgundy rather than the typical Napa oak bomb. No need for oak's heavy hand to disguise flaws in the fruit - there aren't any. I had it with cedar-planked salmon and it was a gorgeous match

A beautiful example of restrained oak allowing pristine fruit to shine through. Here is crisp acidity without harshness, and bright lemon and apple fruit with just a hint of spice from the oak. A vibrant wine in the fashion of Burgundy rather than the typical Napa oak bomb. No need for oak's heavy hand to disguise flaws in the fruit - there aren't any. I had it with cedar-planked salmon and it was a gorgeous match

Aug 1st, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

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. Straw yellow, with stone fruit and citrus aromas and toasty notes. On the palate melon, pineapple and pear, fresh & crisp with notes of smoky oak, a bit creamy. Lingering finish with wet stone and minerality character, well balanced, stays crisp on ending. Nice!

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. Straw yellow, with stone fruit and citrus aromas and toasty notes. On the palate melon, pineapple and pear, fresh & crisp with notes of smoky oak, a bit creamy. Lingering finish with wet stone and minerality character, well balanced, stays crisp on ending. Nice!

Jul 23rd, 2018
Andrew Lohse

Definite oak. Round body.

Definite oak. Round body.

Jan 9th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Light straw yellow, with stone fruit and citrus aromas with toasty notes. On the palate melon, apple and pear, crisp with notes of toasty oak. Medium finish, wet stone and minerality, well balanced, nice lingering finish, stays crisp on ending.

Light straw yellow, with stone fruit and citrus aromas with toasty notes. On the palate melon, apple and pear, crisp with notes of toasty oak. Medium finish, wet stone and minerality, well balanced, nice lingering finish, stays crisp on ending.

Sep 9th, 2017
Grant Simpson

Huge Apple, pear, melon flavors, not overly Oaked nice, but kind of boring med finish

Huge Apple, pear, melon flavors, not overly Oaked nice, but kind of boring med finish

2 people found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2015
Steve Bachmann

Generally I'm not a fan of Napa Chard because it is often over-oaked. This isn't and had good acidity and structure.

Generally I'm not a fan of Napa Chard because it is often over-oaked. This isn't and had good acidity and structure.

2 people found it helpfulAug 11th, 2014
Philip Ariza

citrus, fruity, smooth oak. light acidity. but nice long finish. a bit unassuming, but a really nice. happy new year indeed.

citrus, fruity, smooth oak. light acidity. but nice long finish. a bit unassuming, but a really nice. happy new year indeed.

1 person found it helpfulJan 1st, 2017