Stag's Leap Wine Cellars has produced this food-friendly wine since the early 1980s. Crafted from fruit grown in our estate vineyards as well as from growers we know and trust, our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc captures the full range of classic aromas and flavors in this expressive varietal. The aim is a delicious, versatile wine that complements a wide range of foods and cuisines.
|B.R.V., our estate vineyard bordering the Napa River in the Oak Knoll District, contributes more than 25% of the fruit to this blend. In these fertile soils, we control vigor through proper crop loading, trellising, and canopy management to coax out the fruity and floral characteristics of the varietal while limiting its more aggressive herb and grass elements to delicate top notes. B.R.V. is planted in part with Sauvignon Musque, a clonal variant originally from Bordeaux, prized for its intense floral and tropical fruit flavors. It accounts for over a quarter of the blend. Then, we balance the round fruit flavors of B.R.V. with the more structured mineral and citrus character of the grapes from Terrence Wilson's Rancho Chimiles Vineyard in Wooden Valley. We continue to build complexity with the addition of Semillon, known for its honey, fig, and melon character. Our winemaking team preserves the wine's sleek varietal character by tank fermenting more than a third of the grapes, while sur lies aging (leaving the wine in contact with the spent yeast) in fourth- and fifth-fill French oak and regular battonage (stirring the lees) smooth out any edges and give the wine an appealing texture.