Vintage 2017
Wine Type White
Varietal Viognier
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert
Established in 1893, Stags’ Leap Winery is one of  the oldest wine estates within the acclaimed Stags Leap district, continually producing wines expressive of  its unique terroir. With an enduring winemaking philosophy that honors traditional techniques while embracing modern capabilities, and by using the finest grapes from our own 80-acre vineyard and from quality-focused growers, Stags’ Leap wines embody a natural balance, exhibiting both intensity and finesse, while bringing forth the inherent qualities of  each variety.

Tasting Notes

Our 2017 Viognier is fresh and lively, showcasing the variety’s classic stone fruit and citrus blossom characteristics, with hints of  lemon meringue and white pepper.  This wine has racing acidity and a steely minerality which adds to the wine’s crispness and complexity.  Layers of  white peach, hints of  lemon grass and raw almond, are plentiful on the palate, leading to a very long elegant, delicately floral spiced finish.  This Viognier is a mouthwatering expression of  Viognier that is perfect for warm weather occasions offering a silky texture and roundness on the palate that invites you to take another sip, again and again. Enjoy on its own or pair with a wide variety of  your favorite dishes. 

Vineyard Notes

Our Viognier is sourced from three select vineyards in the Oak Knoll and Carneros AVAs. Located in the southern part of  Napa Valley, these cooler vineyards are optimal for growing Viognier, providing sufficient sun exposure for ripening and cool marine fog for maintaining natural acidity. The Viognier planted at these Oak Knoll and Carneros vineyards showcase flavor complexity and refined aromatic expression ideal for our bottling. 

Vintage Notes

Overall, 2017 proved to be a very memorable vintage with slightly smaller yields but exceptional quality.  After much needed rainfall in the winter months ended the drought, a brief  period of  warmer than usual temperatures occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas but was perfect for ripening the fruit in the Napa Valley.  Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began in mid-August.  2017 will be remembered as an intense and unpredictable harvest but one of  tremendous quality, with wines showing great flavor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity, especially for varieties like Viognier. 

Winemaking Notes

The beauty of  Viognier is captured in its freshness, and the traditional techniques used by Winemaker Christophe Paubert preserve that splendor. Harvested by hand, the fruit was whole-cluster pressed and fermented in neutral French oak barrels. It was then aged on the lees and stirred every week for four months. This wine does not go through malolactic fermentation, which helped to preserve the delicate floral aromas, fruit freshness and balanced acidity.