Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar Karia Chardonnay 2017
A beautiful Chardonnay, balancing structure, rich and expressive aromas with a lively freshness
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‘Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has a long and distinguished wine reputation and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate. We are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons. Over the years, these wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown.’
Founded by Warren Winiarski in 1970, the winery’s first release, the 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, would go on to beat world-famous reds produced by first-growth Bordeaux châteaux like Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion at the 1976 Judgement of Paris. The winery is co-owned by Chateau St Michelle and Antinori.
The name KARIA (KAR-ee-ah) is derived from the Greek word meaning graceful, and the KARIA Chardonnay lives up to its moniker. It shows how grapes from select cool-climate vineyards in southern Napa Valley can be vinified and blended into a seamless integration of fresh-fruit aromas and flavors, crisp acidity and subtle oak spice. Light and graceful: that’s KARIA.
KARIA comes from a tapestry of vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley. The vineyards in Carneros, which are cooled in the mornings and evenings by breezes sweeping north from San Pablo Bay, contribute citrus and mineral notes to the wine. ARCADIA VINEYARD brings perfume and delicate fruit characters while our estate vineyard at Danika Ranch provides bright, juicy apple and pear personality to the blend. The fruit was picked early in the morning to keep it cool and then was whole cluster pressed to preserve the freshness. Oak and malolactic fermentation were used in moderation to accent, rather than overwhelm, the fruit.
Fermentation: 88% barrel; 12% stainless steel
Malolactic Fermentation: 87%
Barrel Aging: 9 months sur lies 32% new French oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley
This is a graceful Chardonnay with generous aromas of ripe Asian pear and citrus, peach, toasted almond and honeysuckle. Medium bodied, this wine has a gentle mid-palate with a touch of creaminess and oak on the finish. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine.
Try pairing this Chardonnay with grilled chicken with lemon aioli, grilled salmon with a cucumber, tomato and fresh dill salsa or roast chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. – Marcus Notaro, Winemaker
Wine Enthusiast – 91 points
This is the producer’s cooler-climate offering of the variety—a steely, classically structured wine that has crisp well-defined apple, melon and pear.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 90 points
The 2017 Chardonnay Karia features grapefruit, lime cordial and orange blossoms with marzipan and beeswax hints on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with lovely vivacity and a refreshing line, finishing zesty. Drink 2019-2022