Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay, 2015

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay, 2015

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Founded in 1893, Stag’s Leap is one of California’s oldest wine growing estates. From its first vintage in that same year to the present day, wine has been made from the grapes grown on the 85 acre property, although from 1908-1972 no wine was made on the estate and the fruit was sold to neighboring wineries. Stag’s Leap has a long and storied history; it was founded by Horace Chase with his uncle W. W. Thompson, who decided to name the winery after a local Wappo legend involving a stag leaping upwards to escape the pursuing hunters. Winemaker Christophe Paubert came onboard in 2009, and has been making exceptional wines from estate fruit ever since. Part of what makes Stag’s Leap fruit so unique is the microclimate in which they grow. The Stag’s Leap Palisades are a rocky outcropping (part of the Vacas) that form the eastern boundary of the estate. They absorb sunlight and warmth throughout the day and continue to radiate a stored heat at night, keeping the temperature relatively stable so the berries have just the right amount of acid to balance the sugar. The fruit is all hand-sorted and barrel aged in a cool cave which was blasted out of the solid rock of the mountain in 1891.This relatively cool-climate Chardonnay offers an immediately distinct nose of lemon zest, followed by subtle hints of green Anjou pear and soft white peach flesh. The palate offers a core of wet stone, with a layer of bright citrus fruit and pineapple, all wrapped together with a light note of wood smoke.

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