Thursday, December 4, 2014
Travels: Stags Leap District
The Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, California turns 25 this year. It was officially recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 1989. However, cabernet sauvignon vines weren't planted there until 1961. This area of the Valley is known for its cool breezes, clay and loam soil, and gentle hills. Wines produced here are known for their soft, rich tannins and impressive ageability.
In 1976 the 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellers Cabernet Sauvignon took first place at the Judgement of Paris tasting, which propelled this AVA into fame. Ten years later another Stags Leap District wine, the 1972 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon took first place at the 10 year anniversary of the Paris tasting.
Stags Leap District is the smallest AVA by planted acreage in Napa Valley.