Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


2011 KARIA

Chardonnay

The name KARIA (KAR-ee-ah) is derived from the Greek word meaning graceful, and the 2011 KARIA Chardonnay lives up to its moniker. It shows how grapes from select cool-climate vineyards in southern Napa Valley can be vinified and blended into a seamless integration of fresh-fruit aromas and fl avors, crisp acidity and subtle oak spice. Light and graceful: that’s KARIA.

Vineyards & Winemaking

KARIA comes from a tapestry of vineyards in and south of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The foundation for this blend is the ARCADIA VINEYARD in the new Coombsville AVA in southern Napa Valley, our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District, a family estate on Atlas Peak as well as prime locations in Carneros that are cooled in the mornings and evenings by breezes sweeping north from San Pablo Bay. This airconditioner effect allows grapes to retain natural acidity – which gives wine its refreshment quotient – yet warm afternoons during the growing season allow for slow, steady fruit maturation. ARCADIA VINEYARD brings perfume and delicate fruit characters while our estate vineyard provides bright, juicy apple and pear personality to the blend. The Carneros fruit contributes citrus and mineral notes. The fruit was picked early in the morning to keep it cool and then was whole cluster pressed to preserve the freshness. Oak and malolactic fermentation were used in moderation to accent, rather than overwhelm, the fruit.

Tasting Notes

This graceful Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh-cut Honey Crisp apple, citrus, toasted vanilla bean and hints of poached Comice pear and lilac. The wine has a full entry with flavors of ripe apple and delicate oak notes. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine. The long finish is reminiscent of Nilla wafers with banana cream pudding.

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Appellation:
Napa Valley
Blend:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol:
13.5%
pH:
3.47
Total Acidity:
0.57 g/100ml
Barrel Aging:
9 months sur lies
17% new French oak
Fermentation:
86% barrel
14% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
67%
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