Leap District, Napa Valley, California
Stags Leap District is a unique place to farm grapes.
Often called a valley within the Napa Valley, the District
is influenced by rocky, volcanic soils and cool evening
breezes from the San Pablo Bay. Combined with eastern
exposure, these estate vineyards are an ideal place for
growing grapes, as the Steltzner family has been doing
Vibrant ruby, to a dark brick-red color. Aromas of French
vanilla, cream, and sweet oak mingle with those of Bing
cherries, plums, sage, lavender, and violets. Bright
acidity keeps this wine fresh and lively, with fruit-driven
flavors of cassis, plums, and cherries mixing with
barrel notes, all held together by well-integrated,
slightly tacky tannins.
Aged 24 months in mixed French oak, with 4% Cabernet
Franc blended in for complexity, this wine fairly begs
for the “Lamb Shanks Osso Buco” from our Wines
by Jennifer Cookbook.