A NAPA VALLEY “FIRST GROWTH” ESTATE
“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.