Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Winemaking

An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove

Our goal is to create wines of classic beauty — wines with balance, complexity and harmony.

Our signature style has often been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove,” a reference to the artful balance—between ripeness and restraint, softness and structure—that yields wines of exceptional beauty and long life. Achieving that style requires a level of attention to detail found only among the world’s most dedicated wine producers.

We pick in small lots and maintain the identity of those lots through destemming/crushing, fermentations, and aging. These distinct lots provide the winemaking team with a rich palette from which to construct each blend. All of our wines aged exclusively in French oak, but we choose from a variety of coopers and forests to achieve the best harmony.

Winemaking Articles
05.20.2012
Refreshing: The white wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars >
07.20.2011
What is Brix? >
09.01.2009
The pHunction of Science in Winemaking >