2017 Harvest

The 2017 harvest is under way at Stags' Leap Winery.

The 2017 growing season has been an exciting one to watch. Drenching winter rains endowed the vines with remarkable vitality. After the historically wet winter, there were concerns that all the moisture would result in less concentrated fruit, but this wasn’t an issue as the berries are surprisingly small and intensely flavored. Overall, the growing season has been characterized by above average temperatures. Harvest started the last week of August, just a few days earlier than normal, with Chardonnay destined for our Napa Valley Chardonnay. Viognier and Merlot quickly followed suit as an ensuing heat wave in early September pushed the grapes to peak ripeness. We expect estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah to come in soon. 

 

Stags' Leap Audentia bottle shot in wooden box

Robert Parker Lauds Latest Stags’ Leap Releases

In the December (2016) edition of The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker praised Christophe’s 2013 estate wines. Highlights include a 96 point score for the 2013 Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah and a 94+ point score for the 2013 Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon. To see the full reviews, please visit Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate website.

Stags' Leap Manor House Porch View

Stags’ Leap Winery featured in Fodor’s Travel “10 Under-the-Radar Napa Valley Wineries”

Travel writer Amber Gibson writes: “Often confused with the much larger Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, this boutique winery was one of California’s earliest wine estates, perhaps most famous for its petite sirah. The manor house, a 19th-century Victorian-era mansion, has just been restored and is now open to the public. Winemaker and general manager Christophe Paubert has curated new experiences, including a heritage library tasting, vineyard tour, and apothecary garden experience. Here you’ll learn the history of the property and enjoy a seated sensory tasting featuring aromatic elements selected from the garden that bring out flavors and aromas in Stags’ Leap estate wines.”

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