Most known for their win in the 1976 Judgement of Paris for Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap Wine Cellars creates some of the valleys most notorious wines. Until 1976 French wines were noted for being the best in Bordeaux style wines and others were often scoffed at. But when Stags Leap Wine Cellars won the Judgement of Paris they really helped put California wine on the map. When planning a trip to Napa I ALWAYS include this winery! They have exquisite wine, a fantastic tasting room, gorgeous views, and prime location in the famous Stags Leap District. (To read up on more wineries located in the Stags Leap District of Napa click here).
They kindly welcomed us to celebrate Amanda and Janell’s birthday with a gorgeous tablescape and printed menu’s! We were lucky enough to taste their estate collection as they were celebrating the Anniversary of the Paris of Judgement. They started us out with a splash of their new, winery exclusive, Elia Rosé….
Prior to this trip I was not a HUGE rosé fan simply because I haven’t tried it enough and oftentimes it is too sweet or dry for my taste. But this Stags Leap Wine Cellars Elia Rosé has opened me up to a whole new world! Since this was the first winery of the trip I kept comparing this rosé to others we tried but no other was on par with this one in my opinion. With notes of strawberry and herbs this rosé was not too sweet and had an acidic ending that was very refreshing! All three of us gave this one a thumbs up and came home with a bottle or two :-).
Next, we tried the Stags Leap Wine Cellars Fay – Farewell to Vines 2012 Cabernet. A few years back when they created their new, phenomenal tasting room they had to uproot some vines to make space for the new building. This left them with enough 2012 Cab grapes to make a few bottles and we were lucky enough to get to try it! I knew it would be great as all their Cabs are phenomenal but I did not expect it to be THIS GREAT. I picked up primarily blueberries and the perfect mixture of vanilla and chocolate with a spicey finish. YUUMMMM!!!
Did I mention their ridiculous views?! Sweeping views of their vineyards is the first thing you are hit with when walking into Stags Leap Wine Cellars. Made entirely of glass, the wall behind the tasting room is exquisite. This picture right here is exactly where we tasted! We sipped great wine and stared out these windows the entire time. If the wine isn’t enough to bring you here, these views should be!
Their Arcadia Chardonnay was up next. In grocery stores you can purchase their Karia Chardonnay, but if you ever come across their Arcadia be sure to pick it up! The best way I can describe it is…CREAMY with a hint of oak…MY FAVORITE flavors in a Chardonnay. I buy this one every time I visit Stags Leap Wine Cellars.
Next, we tried their estate-grown Cabernet’s the Cask 23, S.L.V, and Fay. With wines at this caliber it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite but if I had to I would say the S.L.V. Very dark in color, full bodied, with complex flavors of spices, graphite, and vanilla, and an extremely smooth finish! If you are ever celebrating a birth, anniversary, promotion, or just feel like spoiling yourself try this wine…You won’t regret it!
If ever visiting Napa Valley please be sure to visit this Estate. Finding a winery in the valley with these great of views and wine is no easy feat. I promise, you will not regret it!
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