Producer

STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS

Country

UNITED STATES

Region of production

Founded

1970

Climate

Mediterranean; hot and sunny with cooling morning fog.

Soil composition

Varied; mainly volcanic or alluvial.

Vineyard

102 acres

Agriculture

Napa Green certified (sustainable viticulture)

Production Volume

Varieties Grown

Cabernet Sauvignon , Chardonnay

Ages of Vines

From new plantings to nearly 50-year-old vines

Behind the Wines

Marcus Notaro

Marcus Notaro has been making world-class American wines for over twenty years now. His winemaking career began in Washington State, with over 10 years spent crafting acclaimed reds at Col Solare. Moving to the Napa Valley to head up winemaking at the iconic Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars was a great joy for Notaro. The estate’s vineyards have a proven track record for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. His passion for this noble grape knows no bounds. “It can make a rich, powerful wine, without being heavy, while truly expressing where it was grown” affirms Notaro.

A NAPA VALLEY “FIRST GROWTH” ESTATE

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars began as a 44-acre estate purchased in 1970. Originally a prune orchard, the land was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Winemaking success came quickly. The estate’s 1973 red was deemed best Cabernet Sauvignon at the now famous Judgement of Paris 1976. This historic tasting, pitting top Bordeaux wines against American bottlings, propelled Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars to the status of icon wine still merited today.
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 “An iron fist in a velvet glove” – this is the expression that Warren Winiarski, the estates’ founder, used to describe the artful balance between ripeness and restraint, softness and structure, that still embodies Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignons.

The Unique Terroir of Stags Leap

The Stags Leap appellation lies just north of the town of Napa. It consists of a narrow band of land cut off from the main valley by a range of hills running north to south. Two rocky peaks sit atop the vineyards, and legend has it that a mighty stag managed to leap from one to the other to escape a band of hunters. Alluvial and colluvial soils, with clay and volcanic subsoils, allow for deep rooting vines, producing healthy crops of high quality fruit.

Distinguished Vineyards, Distinctive Wines

The heart of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars lies in its exceptional estate vineyards. The cool yet sunny FAY vineyard yields wines with a voluptuous perfume and luscious, fine-grained texture. Gravelly clay loam and volcanic alluvium soils feature here. The Stag’s Leap Vineyards area is volcanic, with warm afternoons and cool evening breezes. The wines produced here are complex, with a black fruit and berry character, spicy intensity, excellent structure, and outstanding ageing capacity.

Environmental Preservation for Future Generations

The team at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars believes that the choices made in the vineyard have a profound in­fluence not only on the quality of their wine, but also on the health of the environment and the welfare of generations to come. The use of cover crops, integrated pest management, drip irrigation, and labour-intensive canopy management allow them to reduce their carbon footprint substantially and promote a harmonious vineyard eco-system.

An Appreciation for the Arts

Visitors to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars are welcomed by a whimsical bronze sculpture, “The Greeter”, created by Napa Valley artist Larry Shank.  A new visitor’s centre, designed by Barcelona-based architect Javier Barba, marries graceful arches with exposed rock and soil to showcase the estate’s pride in the beauty of their land. Stunning, 17th century original paintings of ancient celestial maps adorn the walls of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ exhibition kitchen and dining room.