Friday, December 09, 2005

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Stag's Leap

The Stags’ Leap is located seven miles north of the Napa. Horace Chase and his wife Minnie Chase established the winery in the year 1893. The 240-acre property has an old stone winery, manor house and guesthouse that still exist. Not much has changed since the Chases built on the property. They constructed the first in-ground fresh water swimming pool in North California.

The rich natural heritage has been maintained all these years, which makes the valley so astoundingly attractive. Mrs. Frances Grange acquired the estate in 1913 from Horace Chase, and converted part of the property into Stags’ Leap resort, which attracted Hollywood stars and other prominent names.

Not much care was taken of the property after Mrs. Grange. It was only in 1971 that Carl Doumani took upon him to resurrect the property. In 1997 Beringer Wine Estates bought Stags’ Leap, soon to sell it to Foster’s Brewing Group Ltd, an Australian company, which combined its two wine groups to form Beringer-Blass Wine Estates.

Vintages of Stag's Leap

2001 Stag's Leap Cask 23

The 2001 vintage consists of aroma of lavender, blackberry, black currant, raspberry, violets, clove and red cherry. The palate comes with flavors of smoky oak, red fruit, clove and vanilla bean. Though it has smooth tannins, it lacks in finish.

2000 Stag's Leap Cask 23

The 2000 vintage has quite a nose with red cherry, raspberry, blueberry, cedar, and dusty fruit. The palate consists of blueberry, raspberry, black pepper and plum. It has a non-complex structure.

1999 Stag's Leap Cask 23

With an aroma of blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, ripe red fruit, caramel, and bramble, the 1999 vintage, is great on the palate with coffee, vanilla, clove and smooth tannins. This wine has a nice finish.

1997 Stag's Leap Cask 23

The 1997 vintage is aromatic with whiffs of black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, clove, anise and brambles. It is a full-bodied wine with a firm structure, great on the palate that consists of chocolate orange truffle, and blackberry flavors.

1995 Stag's Leap Cask 23

Aromatic with fragrance of clove, cedar, caramel, raspberry, blueberry and chocolate, the 1995 vintage is full on the palate with flavors of dried fruit, vanilla, toasted chestnut, lacking in intensity of fruit.

1994 Stag's Leap Cask 23

The 1994 vintage is aromatic with fragrances of black currant, black fruit, plum, cola, anise, plum, nutmeg, and pepper. The palate is well structured with flavors like black cherry, and blueberry, in addition to earthy and rich chocolate flavors.

1993 Stag's Leap Cask 23

Aromas like raspberry, red cherry, green tea, clove, and pepper make the 1993 vintage quite a wine, with distinct flavors of raspberries, red fruit, brambles and green tea. The mid-palate is full and has good potential to age.

1992 Stag's Leap Cask 23

The 1992 vintage is aroma rich with black currant, ripe plums, raspberry, black truffle, anise, licorice, and milk chocolate as distinct fragrances. The palate has good tannin content and structure, with flavor-rich chocolate, brambles, and cola.

1991 Stag's Leap Cask 23

The 1991 vintage is aromatic with fragrances of black berry, black fruit, plum, mint, celery root and white pepper. The palate is well structured with flavors like black tea, anise, cola and brambly fruit.

1984 Stag's Leap Cask 23

The 1984 vintage has a strong nose of chocolate, herbs hickory smoke, cassis, cedar, and fruitcake. It owns plum/purple color along with the great richness and silk texture. It is offered with a great structure and concentration. You may cellar it for another 10-15 years.