Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
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I started collecting wine in the mid-1980s, during my second visit to Napa Valley. I had the opportunity to taste some older vintages at a winery there and realized how much more interesting and satisfying the wines were when aged and cellared properly. It was on that trip that I put down my first wines for later consumption. Among them was a 1984 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars CASK 23 Cabernet Sauvignon.
It’s been an exciting past year as we’ve worked alongside our new stewards from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and the Antinori family. We have affirmed our history and celebrated past achievements, but we’ve also started to re-define our future, setting our sights on attaining higher goals and pledging a continued commitment to quality and innovation.
From steely-crisp and Chablis-like to unctuously layered with butter and oak – Chardonnay is known for its chameleon-like quality and ability take on a wide range of characteristics depending on the techniques winemakers use when crafting it.
Talk to any viticulturist or vineyard manager today, and you’re as likely to hear about ecosystems and wildlife habitats as you are about rootstocks and clones. In the last two decades there has been a sea change in the way California vineyards are farmed. Today, viticulturists focus not only on the grapevines and the crop, but on the environment around the vineyard and adjacent habitat as a whole. The effect has been two-fold: more vibrant, natural ecosystems, and healthier vineyards.
If you read wine labels, one of the terms you’re bound to come across eventually is old vines. The implication, of course, is that old vines make better wines, but is this really true, or is it simply a romantic notion? Like many issues in the world of wine, it depends on who you ask.
Estate Wine Library
Visit our Estate Wine Library where we share the original tasting notes from the winery as well as notes and comments from our winemaking team and collectors based on tastings over the years.