Legend has it that a great stag, escaping a hunting party, leaped from peak to peak on palisades towering over the Napa Valley below. Located on the Vaca Range, six miles north of the city of Napa, Stags Leap District was the first Napa Valley AVA to be designated specifically because of the uniqueness of its soils. They vary from river sediments of loam with a clay substructure, to volcanic mountain erosions. A mere two square miles - over half of which is vineyard - the district produces wines (particularly Cabernets) that walk softly but carry a big stick. These are powerful wines with firm tannins. Yet, even in a Valley where "Cab is King", they have a sense of elegance and grace that sets them apart from other Cabernets. In 1976, at a blind tasting in Paris, nine judges awarded first place to a 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet, ahead of the great growths of Bordeaux. That historic event not only put this tiny appellation on the map, but solidified California's claim as one of the world's great wine regions.
Appellation America has entered its second decade on the web. Much has changed since the start, but the core focus remains characterizing the unique flavor profiles of North America’s appellations and the natural influences and human cultural forces which influence them.
[>] see all Stags Leap District ~ Napa Valley features (10)
Alive & Well here
All hail the King! But a king doth not a gentleman make. A temperamental prince in youth, you’re
is the Regional Correspondent for Stags Leap District ~ Napa Valley.