Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


2010 ARCADIA Vineyard

Chardonnay

For the Roman poet Virgil, ARCADIA was celebrated as a place of pastoral simplicity, where inhabitants lived in close harmony with nature. Purchased in 1996 and named ARCADIA VINEYARD for its bucolic setting, this 128-acre parcel is located in the new Coombsville AVA in southern Napa Valley, at the foot of Mt. George. This vineyard produces Chardonnay in a style similar to classic Burgundian Chablis. From the first release with the 1998 vintage, this single-vineyard wine has become recognized for its alluring perfume, delicate fruit, vibrant minerality,and understated oak.

Vineyards & Winemaking

“This is our laser-beam approach to a single-vineyard, single-variety wine,” says winemaker Nicki Pruss. Located on a strand of gently rolling hills, ARCADIA VINEYARD has gravelly silt loam soils that were formed in part from an inland lake that existed over 125,000 years ago. The cool climate and clonal diversity results in a Chablis-like Chardonnay that is aromatic, crisp and focused with distinct mineral notes.

To preserve the gorgeous aroma, delicate fruit, vibrant minerality and natural acidity of ARCADIA VINEYARD Chardonnay, it was fermented and aged sur lies predominantly in neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel tank. 30% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to add a subtle layer of complexity. Our minimalist winemaking approach allows the vineyard to speak for itself.

Tasting Notes

This single-vineyard Chardonnay offers generous aromas of green apple, vanilla and cinnamon spice, white blossom and a hint of citrus and honeydew melon. The palate is filled with Honeycrisp apple, pear and papaya flavors along with delicate hint of vanilla wafer. The wine is light in weight with a thread of minerality and a crisp, lemon finish.

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Appellation:
Napa Valley
Blend:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol:
13.5%
pH:
3.41
Total Acidity:
0.58g/100ml
Barrel Aging:
8 months sur lies
65% previously filled French oak barrels
17% new French oak barrels
Fermentation:
83% French oak barrels
17% Stainless steel
Malolactic Fermentation:
30%
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