Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay 2017 750ml
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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay 2017
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay 2017 is a graceful Chardonnay with generous aromas of Asian pear, honeydew melon and lime along with a touch of hazelnut and vanilla oak. Medium-bodied, the wine has a silky texture and mid palate leading to a soft finish with a touch of creamy oak.
One of the world’s most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism Cellars Karia Chardonnay was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley’s world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.
Ripe yellow fruits and toasty, nutty, oak-driven aromas from fermentation and eight months’ ageing mainly in 30% new barriques with a small portion in stainless steel. The palate is thick and forward thanks to 89% malolactic fermentation, with subtle acidity propping up the finish. From grapes sourced from across Napa Valley, including Atlas Peak, Oak Knoll, Carneros and Coombsville. Medium bodied, this wine has a lovely texture and delicate ripe fruit notes with hints of minerality and lemon zest on the finish. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine.
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 Cabernet wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove.”
One of the world’s most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley’s world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.
This has inviting wafts of spicy ginger, nutmeg and clove from the beginning, and then notes of oak that follow through with flavors of Asian pear and lemon. The acidity is moderate and the body full and concentrated, with a lasting note of butter.