2017 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay SKU #1414943

Price: $19.95

JS 95
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Professional Reviews

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The inviting bouquet expresses aromas of delicate orange blossom, citrus fruits, fresh white peach and subtle hints of sandalwood and cedar (a nod to the well-integrated French Oak) which fill the glass and pique your interest in this crisp Chardonnay. On the palate, you’ll find a refreshingly vibrant Chardonnay with layers of lemon citrus, passion fruit, guava and gooseberry, while also maintaining an elegant roundness in texture that is balanced (hinting at the delicate battonage lees stirring that occurs during the winemaking process). With well-integrated vanilla and caramel oak notes and a flinty minerality on the finish, this wine is full, rich and bright, yet generous in style and maintains freshness due to its acidity, which creates a Chardonnay of lovely complexity and depth."

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Chardonnay produces some of the greatest wines of the world, yet it's often ridiculed by drinkers and professionals alike. What is difficult to find these days in Chardonnay is a well-balanced approach which incorporates a touch of oak while maintaining freshness and character. That is exactly what we have here. This classic Chardonnay from one of Napa's great producers, is stunning, and incidentally a great price right now!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine manages to strike that perfect balance that we all search for in California Chardonnay that has been made well. It has just a touch of oak, though doesn't taste toasted or vanillin. The oak highlights the white flower and citrus qualities in the wines and helps polish the body into something soft, yet lively and refreshing. I didn't expect this price point on a Chardonnay from a winery that has been in the Napa Valley for so long, let alone a wine of this caliber under $20. Stags' Leap has been working these vineyards for decades and they certainly know how coax with this precious crop into something delicious.
    Top Value!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    95 point Napa Valley Chard for under $20 is pretty much unheard of...yet here we are! A great bottling from longtime Napa stalwart, Stags Leap Winery. What a great example of: if it ain't broken, don't fix it...this label remains almost entirely unchanged since 1893! But this historic property isn't resting on it's laurels, they continue to put out great wines at fantastic values as evidenced here. A well proportioned, balanced style of Chardonnay. Stone fruit charters with some baked orchard fruit too. Subtle oak, mid-weight on the palate with a soft texture but vibrant acidity. Very nicely made wine that isn't trying anything too radical...just executing a classic style and doing it very well. This is the perfect all-rounder, there's enough weight, texture and oak to please those that like a richer style, but it's not at all overdone and has plenty of freshness and drive too. Very well done...this is sure to be a huge seller this summer.
    Top Value!
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a gentle Chardonnay coming from Carneros fruit. The nose displays soft yellow fruits, nectarine, and very light citrus. The palate demurs with notes of spring wild flowers, white peach, vanilla cream, with just a touch of acid. Oh, and James Suckling gave it 95 points and it costs less than $20. The meek shall inherit the earth, indeed.


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