Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


2009 Napa Valley

Sauvignon Blanc

Grapes from a variety of terroirs throughout Napa Valley come together in this seamless, food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc that we have produced since the early 1980s. We combine estate-grown grapes with those purchased from a handful of skilled, fastidious farmers to create a wine that is complex, yet crisp and refreshing, and versatile with a wide range of dishes and myriad occasions, from patio aperitif to elegant dinner party.

Vineyards & Winemaking

The sun-kissed blocks of the Solari Vineyard in Calistoga, the northernmost vineyard used in this blend, contribute a range of tropical fruit flavors and pure Sauvignon character. Our estate vineyard, B.R.V., located adjacent to the Napa River in the Oak Knoll District, adds spicy peach, guava and floral notes to the mix. Just over the hill in the warm and clear reaches of Wooden Valley, our long-time grower Terry Wilson farms Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musque and Semillon at Rancho chimiles.The Chimiles Sauvignon grapes lend racy citrus and mineral notes to the wine and the Semillon adds a hint of melon.

Winemaker Nicki Pruss fermented the juice from the vineyards in a mix of older French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. The wine remained in contact with the spent yeast cells for six months, rounding out the texture. The 6% Semillon adds a layer of luscious melon.

Tasting Notes

This vibrant wine offers a pleasing tropical nose of orange blossom, grapefruit, lychee and peach. On the palate the wine has a juicy, fruit driven entry with lively acidity and flavors of guava, honeyed tangerine, juicy Comice pear, Kaffir lime and a mineral edge. The citrus notes mingle with sandalwood spice and linger on the energetic finish. Pair this wine with mild Thai curries or shellfish pasta with shallot and white-wine broth.

Acclaim

2009 Vintage
91 Points
Wine & Spirits
06/01/2011
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Appellation:
Napa Valley
Blend:
74% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Musque, 6% Semillon
Alcohol:
13.5%
pH:
3.40
Total Acidity:
0.61g/100ml
Barrel Aging:
6 months sur lies
100% previously filled French oak barrels
Fermentation:
65% French oak barrel
35% Stainless steel tank/barrel
Malolactic Fermentation:
None
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