Year-End Dinner Featuring Stags' Leap Winery
|Course||Pairing / Description||Wine|
Vegetable Goyza with Ponzu Glaze
Ratatouille Tart and Crème Fresh
Our Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from two distinct vineyards in the Oakville and Stags Leap District AVAs, with a majority coming from Gamble Ranch in Oakville and the rest from Stags Landing vineyard in Stags Leap. The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is lively, expressive and vibrant, exhibiting the variety’s classic citrus fruit, lemongrass and white floral nuances. Backed up by a lean focused line of acidity and a steely minerality that adds to the wine’s crispness and complexity. There is a depth of flavor with candied lemon peel, passion fruit and melon, alongside hints of white floral jasmine and white pepper that linger on the palate of the lengthy finish.
|Stags' Leap Winery Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2018
Grilled Stone Fruit Salad and Goat Cheese with Mayer Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crisp
The fragrant citrus blossom bouquet opens with aromas of delicate Meyer lemon and lime zest, fresh white peach and floral honeysuckle, alongside more subtle hints of Tarte Tatin and brioche toast (a nod to the well-integrated French Oak) which fills the glass and encourages you to dive into this lively Chardonnay. The palate is refreshingly mouthwatering with nuances of lemon meringue, green apple, guava and Asian pear, while also showing a luscious texture that is rich and balanced (hinting at the delicate batonnage lees stirring that occurs during the winemaking process). With well-integrated vanilla and caramel oak notes and extraordinary length and depth on the finish.
|Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley 2018
Grilled Sword Fish with Roasted Root Vegetables and Black Berry Sauce
This expressive Merlot showcases the varietal’s ability to excel in Napa Valley with its generous, juicy fruit flavors, intriguing tobacco spice notes and polished structure. It’s incredibly pleasurable and complex with black cherry and strawberry with notes of caramel and cinnamon that persist through the long finish. The wine has depth and nuance with smooth tannins and a lush, lovely texture.
|Stags' Leap Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2016
Slow Braised Pork Shank with Yukon Gold Purée and Crispy Parsnip
The 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is expressive and inviting, with a bouquet of wild blackberry and fresh black currant fruit alongside delicate floral notes of geranium and violet, with warmer notes of caramel, sweet cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper spice coming through from the oak integration. On the palate, the berry fruit profile continues with juicy blackberry, cassis and strawberry, but there are also hints of sweet tobacco, brown spice and bittersweet chocolate, giving this Cabernet a rich charm and fullness. Seamlessly integrated oak and cocoa-powdery tannins provide a plush mouthfeel and add layers of complexity, all wrapping up with a lengthy textured finish. Incredibly approachable and pleasing upon release, this wine is sure to impress and pair well alongside many culinary treats. 93 Pts James Suckling. 92 Pts Wine Enthusiast.
|Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Triple Chocolate Threat
Deep and saturated with a core of blueberries, black plum, black cherry, lavender and pepper spice, this wine displays an extraordinary elegance and finesse for which our Petite Sirahs are known. The generous black plum and black cherry flavors are prominent on the palate, yet backed up with delicate cinnamon, clove and cedar spice notes from the oak ageing. There is also a freshness and vibrancy that makes it very inviting with restrained tannins and a generous lengthy finish, encouraging you to enjoy it now, but has the depth and complexity to age for many years to come.
|Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2016
The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of the most expressive barrels from select blocks on the historic property. It captures the distinctive personality of our estate vineyard and this incredible vintage, crafting a darkly intense, multilayered, rich and approachable wine with depth of fruit, plushness and creamy richness. This wine is classic Stags Leap District Cabernet, offering blackberry, blueberry and macerated strawberry aromas on the nose, along with subtle baking spice notes of cinnamon, milk chocolate and coffee, alongside more savory notes of black olive and chaparral herbs. On the palate, there is elegance, freshness and complexity, showing lifted dark blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruits followed by hints of chocolate, espresso and black pepper spice. With big, round, mouth-pleasing tannins and a silky, smooth lithe texture, this Cabernet exhibits the iconic power and intensity that have become synonymous with Stags’ Leap estate wines but drinks elegantly, demonstrating the opulence and grace of the estate.
|Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The Leap 2016