2010 Stags' Leap Chardonnay Reserve Napa Valley
The Reserve Chardonnay represents the "best of the best" from Stags' Leap Winery. The winemaking process allows for authentic representation of the varietal; therefore, this wine exhibits iconic flavors of chardonnay: stone fruits, citrus and minerality. Additionally, the great structure of the wine allows it to be a perfect complement to many dishes.
Established in 1893, Stags' Leap Winery is one of the first wine estates within the acclaimed Stags Leap district, continually producing wines expressive of its unique terroir. With an enduring wine making philosophy of minimal intervention, and by using the harvested grapes from their own 85 acre vineyards and select growers, the Stags' Leap wines embody a natural balance–exhibiting intensity and finesse.
VINTAGE & VINEYARDS
The 2010 growing season saw temperatures that were cooler throughout, preserving aromatics and freshness of the wine which has balanced acidity, is fresh and crisp. Our Chardonnay vineyards are located in southern Napa Valley and the Carneros region where the soils are deep, well-drained loams, perfect for grape growing. Cooler temperatures at that end of the valley provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the fruit to fully ripen in harmony with the vines' physiological development.
The fruit is hand picked at night and whole cluster pressed. In order to preserve the minerality, fresh acidity and clean fruit characteristics, this vintage did not undergo malolactic fermentation. A portion of the wine (20%) has been fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of the fruit while adding layers of taste and complexity. The remainder of the wine was aged on the lees in French oak (50% new) for six months, and stirred weekly during maturation.