Basic Information: Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay

Producer – Stags Leap Wine Cellars

Vintage – 2016

Region – USA – California – Napa Valley

Varietal – Chardonnay

Pricing – $25.97

Alcohol – 14.5%

Appearance

Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay is clear and pale lemon in color.

Aroma/Nose

The nose is clean with a medium intensity of aromas. The aromas consist of green apple, pear, melon and vanilla. This wine is youthful.

Taste/Palate

This Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay is a dry wine with medium acidity and full body. It has a medium intensity of flavors. The flavors consist of green apple, pear and melon from the fruit side. The non-fruit flavors are from the oak and full of vanilla with a medium length toast like finish.

Overall Experience

Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay is a good wine overall with balance and complexity. The alcohol level being high definitely stands out with some burn on this one. Not my favorite from this line, but definitely their “volume” Chardonnay. Personally from their portfolio I prefer the “Arcadia” over this one.

Pairings

Food – Grilled Chicken, Salmon

Cigar – Macanudo Inspirado White

Publication Ratings

Wine Advocate – 90pts

James Suckling – 90pts.

Winemakers Tasting Notes

This graceful Chardonnay has inviting aromas of pear, white peach and honeysuckle. Medium bodied, this wine has a lovely texture and delicate ripe fruit notes with hints of minerality and lemon zest on the finish.

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Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay