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Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2022
(Napa Valley, California) - [JS 93] [JD 90] [TW 90]


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Vineyard:
The grapes for our Napa Valley Chardonnay 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 our style of winemaking with fresh fruit flavors and bright acidity and vibrancy.


Tasting Notes:
The 2022 Napa Valley Chardonnay is fragrant and bright with aromatic notes of fresh green apple, lemongrass, lychee, lime peel, coriander spice and jasmine white flowers. On the palate the texture is lively and viscous with mouth enveloping flavors of lemon citron, white peach, Asian pear, lanolin, and white pepper spice. The luscious mouthfeel is a signature of this elegant Chardonnay, providing the round and creamy texture which is a nod to the delicate bâtonnage (lees stirring) that occurs during the winemaking process. The wine finishes long and graceful with undertones of minerality and a present backbone of acidity, providing mouthwatering richness, making it an ideal accompaniment to a variety of cuisines, and the perfect al fresco refreshing white.

 

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - James Suckling:
"Mandarin orange, yellow pear and acacia followed by almonds and sour cream with baking spices and salted caramel. Medium-bodied with bright refreshing acidity. Pleasing freshness and balance to it. Aged in 25% new French oak barrels. Drink or hold." (January 2024)

90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2022 Chardonnay is outstanding, with vibrant green apple, citrus, and minty herb notes in its medium-bodied, clean, crisp, nicely balanced profile. Brought up in 25% new oak, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years, if not longer." (December 2023)

90 Points - The Wine Independent:
The 2022 Chardonnay opens with uncomplicated scents of yellow apples, fresh pears, and baking bread leading to touches of honeysuckle and struck flint. The medium-bodied palate has lovely purity, with plenty of apple and pear flavors and a lively line, finishing chalky.