This 4 year old Napa Chardonnay is starting to drink nicely, but not there yet. Needs at least 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Dry and fruity on the palate with nice complexity.
Showing lemons citrus, oak, vanilla, yellow and green apples, grapefruits, almonds, earth, minerals, and white pepper.
Good by itself and better with food.
A good wine to pair with seafood. A good quality wine.
13.9% alcohol by volume.
90 points. — 8 days ago
💪👍 This was a great value. You can buy this for around 30 bucks. Wasn't sure what to expect but this was appropriately tannic and fruit notes came through. Highly palatable as one would expect from a Napa cab. — a day ago
What better than drinking a well rounded full bodied Stags’ Leap here in the bush of South Africa??! Okay, got it. No deer here but antilope. But they can sure leap! As this wine did to me 😁. Really enjoyed it. Very rich with the fairly heavy oak foot print fully integrated with the dark red and blue fruit giving it an intriguing ride and a desiring finish for more. — 19 days ago
Happy Friday and celebrating with this wine. Most amazing winery I ever visited. Thank you to my sister in law that booked the private tasting and introduced me to this wine. She’s one of my besties. Love the smell of the bouquet of flowers that are soft and eloquent. Interesting that the company also has flowers one of my favorite Pinot noirs. This iwine is slightly too cherry finish. But I love the velvet texture. — 10 days ago
2005 Wine Spectator Wine of the Year.
1 hour decant(lots of fine /cloudy sediment). A captivating still dark garnet with just a touch of bricking. On the nose: jumping from the glass are beautiful notes of ripe cherry, floral, sweet vanilla oak, cigar, licorice, and mint. Taste: A smooth, creamy, balanced wine with black cherry, wet earth, cedar, and a plumy mocha long finish. YUM!!! Not opulent, just a well made Cali cab with more years to go. — 23 days ago
Nose has ripe black cherry, menthol, few day old chocolate cake, blueberry jam and old cigar box. Initially alcohol makes itself known, but diminishing with air.
Palate has dried blackberries, dehydrated sweet cherry, over-ripe black cherry, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, faint cedar with medium tannins, long finish. A great wine but more air desired as improvements are noted.
Decanted 2H, then double-decant for service; notes at 4H open.
Second bottle of almost a case of old BV GdL from a very trusted local source, no disappointing. Many more bottles to go on this stellar vintage. 😉
A great paring to Ribeye from Allen Bros. topped with truffle butter. — 23 days ago