Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


2011 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. 26% 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 elegant Napa Valley Chardonnay offers delicate Tahitian vanilla, honeysuckle and pear aromas along with hints of Linden flower and lemon citrus. The palate is filled with flavors of yellow apple, pear, mandarin orange and dried nutmeg. The wine is light in weight with sense of minerality like clean sea foam that finishes with a light fennel and lime note.

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Appellation:
Napa Valley
Blend:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol:
13.5%
pH:
3.40
Total Acidity:
0.60 g/100ml
Barrel Aging:
9 months sur lies, 67% previously filled French oak barrels, 14% new French oak barrels, 19% stainless steel
Fermentation:
26%
Malolactic Fermentation:
81% French oak barrels, 19% Stainless steel tank
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