Stag's Leap Karia Chardonnay 2018

Stag's Leap Karia Chardonnay 2018

 

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Karia Chardonnay 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : USA
  • Region : California
  • Subregion Napa
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

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

Experts Score Vintage
WE Wine Enthusiast 91 2018
W&S Wines & Spirits 91 2018
RP Robert Parker 91 2018
JD Jeb Dunnuck 90 2018
DCT Decanter 90 2018
JS James Suckling 90 2018
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Tasting Note: Citrussy Chardonnay from a world-famous Napa Valley winery, brimming with lemon and lime gentled by a light touch of honey.

Food Matching: Try pairing this medium-bodied Chardonnay with grilled whole fish with lemons and capers, seared scallops drizzled with lemon-infused olive oil, or roast chicken.

Vineyard: Karia comes from a tapestry of vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley. For the 2013 offering, vineyards in the Atlas Peak District, Carneros, Coombsville (Arcadia vineyard) and Oak Knoll (Danika Ranch) contributed fruit in equal parts. The vineyards in Carneros, which are cooled in the mornings and evenings by breezes sweeping north from San Pablo Bay, contribute citrus and mineral notes to the wine. Arcadia vineyard brings perfume and delicate fruit characters while our estate vineyard at Danika Ranch provides bright, juicy apple and pear personality to the blend. The fruit was picked early in the morning to keep it cool and then was whole cluster pressed to preserve the freshness. Oak and malolactic fermentation were used in moderation to accent, rather than overwhelm, the fruit.

Vinification: 86% of the wine is barrell fermented, while 14% is fermented in stainless steel. 21% of the wine goes in New French oak with seven and half months sur lie. 65% of the wine goes through MLF.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 91 Points (2018)
This is an opulent, structured and mineral-driven white wine, richly layered and robustly built with weight and ample body. Brioche, honeycomb and baked apple meet a complement of fresh acidity and a lasting note of stone.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 91 Points (2018)
Clean and brisk, this takes creamy Napa Valley ripeness and adds a smoky, raw-almond depth of flavor. Pour it with mackerel pâté.

Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2018)
The 2018 Chardonnay Karia rolls effortlessly out of the glass with exuberant scents of honey-drizzled apricots, fresh melon and mandarin peel with hints of lemon drops and marzipan. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of stone fruit and savory layers, delivering a lively backbone and a spicy kick to the finish.

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 90 Points (2018)
The 2018 Chardonnay Karia comes from a selection from throughout the valley and offers a light gold color as well as a rich, well oaked, buttery style that includes attractive orchard fruits, white flowers, vanilla, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. It has good acidity as well and is balanced and medium-bodied, all making for a certainly delicious Chardonnay geared for near-term drinking.

Decanter (DCT) : 90 Points (2018)
Ripe yellow fruits and toasty, nutty, oak-driven aromas from fermentation and eight months’ ageing mainly in 30% new barriques with a small portion in stainless steel. The palate is thick and forward thanks to 89% malolactic fermentation, with subtle acidity propping up the finish. From grapes sourced from across Napa Valley, including Atlas Peak, Oak Knoll, Carneros and Coombsville. Drinking Window 2020 - 2026

James Suckling (JS) : 90 Points (2018)
Ripe-apple, papaya and toasted-hazelnut aromas. It’s full-bodied and phenolic with crisp acidity. Toasty finish. Drink now.

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Stag's Leap Karia Chardonnay 2018 Reviewed by James Suckling 27-02-2021 . Score: 4.5