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Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2012 Wine Review

Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2012

Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2012

Napa Valley, California, United States

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $34.95

Drink: 2013-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.1%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Stags' Leap Winery

Agent: Mark Anthony Brands

Natalie's Score: 90/100

A Chardonnay that's vibrant and alive! Great acidity yet lovely richness and complexity with green apple, baking spice and tree fruit aromas. This is superb craftsmanship for one of California's flagship white wines. Lovely baked apple and vanilla smoke on a long finish. Highly recommended.

Chardonnay food pairings: butter-brushed lobster tail, goat cheese, cheese fondue, pork chops.

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This Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2012 was reviewed on February 7, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Darlene Myers - CAPS Student rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

I love Stag's Leap, they make a beautiful Viognier, and now I have fallen in love with the Chardonnay. This is a gorgeous expression of a California Chardonnay with flavors of apples, pears, a hint of peaches and to round off all that yumminess, subtle notes of toasted oak. This is a great wine to go with chicken or to enjoy all by itself.
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Nothing personal but Stags Leap Chardonnay has a big nose! Luscious ripe tree fruit, tropical fruit, baked apple turnover, warm baking spices, yogurt and butter. The palate brings refreshing acidity, full body and a long creamy finish. This is a beautiful California Chardonnay and embodies all that I love about this versatile varietal. This wine will continue to develop in the bottle over the next 5 years but easily enjoyed now. Pair with soft cheeses, grilled chicken with mango chutney, shellfish.
Tasted: February 2015
Community Reviewer reviewed this wine as follows:

Luscious aromas of white peach, orange blossom, spice and pear greet the nose, following through to flavors of green apple, lemon zest, and vanilla cream on the palate. The mid-palate is round with a creamy mouthfeel from aging on the less, and leads to a juicy finish with notes of floral, spice and fresh citrus.

Source: NB Liquor Stores
Community Reviewer reviewed this wine as follows:

Arômes luxueux de peches blanches, de fleurs d’orange, d’épices et de poires qui s’ouvrent sur le nez et se poursuivent jusqu’aux saveurs de pommes vertes, de zeste de citron et de crcme de vanille au palais. Le palais intermédiaire est rond

Source: NB Magasin d'Alcool
This Californian Chardonnay for the 2012 vintage shows just how terrific the vintage was. Vintner Christophe Paubert uses cool climate fruit from Oak Knoll and Carneros AVA appellations. This white wine doesn't undergo malolactic fermentation so it remains crisp. About one quarter of the wine is matured in new oak barrels, 25% in stainless steel tanks and 50% neutral oak barrels that don't impart flavour. - Community Wine Reviews



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