Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (not to be confused with Stags’ Leap Winery) is located a few miles north of the town of Napa in Napa Valley, California. The winery may be best known for the 1976 Paris Tasting in which their 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was declared number one, ahead of many prestigious French wines. Today, their current releases include four single vineyard wines (one Chardonnay and three Cabernet Sauvignons), as well as four Napa Valley blends (a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot, a Chardonnay, and a Sauvignon Blanc).
The 2009 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc was 74% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Musque, and 6% Semillion. The wine was fermented in a combination of French oak barrels (65%) and stainless steel tanks (35%). The barrel aging took place over 6 months in 100% old French oak. The label listed ABV was 13.5%.
I had originally purchased two bottles for International Sauvignon Blanc Day on the 21st of June, 2012. The first was Cloudy Bay, which didn’t turn out very well. This Stag’s Leap was the other. I was unsure which to open for Sauvignon Blanc Day and I chose the Cloudy Bay.
After that experience, I was afraid to open the Stag’s Leap. Every time I looked at the bottle, I thought Sauvignon Blaaah. What was I going to do with this wine? Summoning up all the courage in my taste buds, I uncorked the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars bottle.
Prior to tasting, the wine was chilled.
I tepidly took a sip of the wine. Hmmm. It wasn’t too bad. While grapefruit was pronounced on the nose, this was not the grapefruit bomb I had tasted before. The first flavors I tasted were stone fruit, pear and peach, with a bit of apple, and a little grapefruit. There was a vague hint of vanilla in the background as well. The texture was smooth, but not buttery.
The finish was brief, but nice.
This wine really developed as it warmed up. The flavor profile became more intense. The fruit flavors, even the vanilla, all stood out more as the wine rose in temperature. It was nothing like my last excursion with Sauvignon Blanc. Overall, this was an okay bottle of wine. I did like the style more than the Cloudy Bay. Still, it wasn’t my favorite.
The 2009 Stag’s Leap Cellars Sauvignon Blanc cost me just under $30, but this is another case where they saw me coming (I will use the price scanner on my phone. I will use the price scanner on my phone.). It retails online for $17 to $25. I would order it in a pinch, but that is about it.