Stags’ Leap Chardonnay is a beautifully aromatic wine, with stone fruit flavors of fresh peaches and nectarines mingling with pineapple, a hint of mandarin orange and other citrus fruits. A classic example of cool climate Chardonnay, this is bright and crisp, but also features lightly toasted undertones that give it length and richness on the palate. With a round, floral finish, this is a refreshing wine that is deftly balanced, ready to enjoy now but with the acidic structure to be cellared for several years.
The grapes for the Stags’ Leap Chardonnay Napa Valley were sourced from the cooler southern appellations within Napa Valley, where fog from the San Pablo Bay helps to cool the vineyards throughout the growing season, allowing for ideal preservation of freshness and acidity. The majority of the fruit comes from the Carneros AVA which provides citrus, mineral, and crisp apple notes, with a smaller percentage coming from the Oak Knoll AVA, which contributes more tropical and stone fruit characteristics. These vineyards consistently produce Chardonnay ideal for Stags’ Leap style of winemaking with fresh fruit flavors and bright acidity and vibrancy.