Youthfully fruity, driven by aromas of tangerine zest, and layered with notes of macadamia nut. Ripe and juicy apricot dominates the palate and is complemented with a delicate blend of lemon, melon and candied kumquat. With a balanced, crisp acidity, this wine has an enviable freshness that will be a continued delight for the next 10 years. Over time a beautiful golden hue will be reveal and additional complex layers of kerosene aromas and fruit-driven flavors.
The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for a short harvest & one of the earliest and most condensed of recent memory.
Crafted with Viognier grapes grown in the Carneros appellation in southern Napa Valley, located along the seaside on the north side of the San Pablo Bay. Here maritime fogs roll across, blown in by cooling Pacific winds and then burned away again by the generous California sun, cooling these vineyards throughout the growing season, allowing for ideal preservation of acidity.
The beauty of Viognier is captured when the varietals express freshness and acidity, and the traditional techniques used by Winemaker Christophe Paubert preserve that splendor in this late harvest wine. After the grapes had been left on the vines longer than usual, allowing for an on-the-vine-dehydration process called passerillage or passerill to occur and noble rot to grow, they were hand-harvested, whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral French oak barrels. Allowing the grapes to dehydrate on-the-vine, concentrates the juice, and creates a wine that is naturally sweet, fuller bodied and luscious in style. This wine does not go through malolactic fermentation which helps to preserve the delicate floral aromas, fruit freshness and balanced acidity.
For Christophe Paubert, Winemaker and General Manager at Stags’ Leap Winery, the identity of a wine is found through the terroir. Christophe’s career has spanned the industry from sales to winemaking, and his impressive background includes positions at Chateau d’Yquem and Gruaud-Larose as well as projects in Chile, Spain and Washington State. But it was the terroir of Stags’ Leap that drew him to California.