25 Jan Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay 2014
Today In Wine: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay 2014 ($28)
“Some things never change and the 2014 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay is one of the best examples of this axiom. This is a picture perfect, well balanced, ultra-premium wine.” — Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal
Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points
Wine.com – 91 Points
The Wine Advocate – 90 Points
Considered one of the “first growths” of Napa Valley, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is most renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove.”
It’s rare that you find a wine that delights all around like the 2014 Karia Chardonnay from Stag’s Leap Wine. From its refreshment to its balance of flavors, this Chardonnay wine rounds out its entire profile. This white wines color complements the fruit, which complements the aromas, which complements the flavors and finishes lively and smooth. For wine lovers not caring for too much oak, the Karia Chardonnay shares little indication that it was housed in such for seven months. Friends, this Chardonnay is perfectly layered and we recommend you enjoy its delight for the next 24-36 months.
A beautiful Chardonnay from Stag’s Leap, the 2014 Karia Chardonnay... exhibits wonderful, tropical pineapple, white peach and honeysuckle notes, great acidity, and beautifully, pure fruit with very little evidence of oak... Drink it over the next several years. – Rober Parker of The Wine Advocate
This graceful Chardonnay has a broad, expressive nose with lemon,stone fruit and vanilla aromas. Medium bodied, this wine has a lovely texture and flavors of red apple, light citrus and Asian pear that lead to a long finish with a hint of creamy oak. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine. We suggest you try pairing Stag’s Leap 2014 Karia Chardonnay with any number of THEGRAPE’s chicken recipes, or with grilled salmon or roast chicken breast stuffed with spinach, feta cheese and roasted tomato.
Wine Region: Napa, California
Wine Grapes: Chardonnay
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Drinks Like: Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay 2012 ($20)
Food & Wine Pairing: Raspberry Chicken Wings Recipe
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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2014
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold Medal
Stock up on this delight because when the warm days sitting on the patio are here, you’ll be happy you did! The 2014 Karia Chardonnay from Stag’s Leap may be a little different than what you’re used to enjoying with white wine but it's well worth it! Have a special gathering planned? Need a little quiet time? The 2014 Stag's Leap Karia Chardonnay is a great companion to consider for these and a variety of other special occasions.