First established in 1893, on an estate where grapes were originally planted in the 1880s, Stags' Leap Winery is sole owner to the bragging rights as "The Original Stags' Leap."
Just a short seven miles outside the town of Napa on the eastern side of the valley, the Chase family began construction on their stone Manor House, complete with historic gardens and family winery, in 1892. By 1893, their expansive estate – including vineyards planted 15 years prior – was complete, and quickly gained fame as a respite for vacationers from Hollywood. Christening their estate Stags' Leap, the Chase family paid homage to a native Wappo legend of a stag that eluded an entire generation of hunters, always leaping and vanishing at the last moment.
The majestic mountains which flank the estate on its eastern edge – being the most prominent geographical feature in the area as well as part of the Vaca Range that stretches along the eastern side of Napa Valley – became known as The Stags' Leap Palisades. These mountains offer the protective barrier which has ensured the continuous growth of world-class Cabernet vines, in particular since the estate's rebirth and revitalization, which was launched in 1971.
Robert Parker has many times declared his excitement for this vintage, informing readers that the 2013s are possibly the finest wines from California's North Coast producers in his 37 years of tasting these wines.
Stock up, Cabernet lovers! This is the deal of the year.
A wine with purity and definition. Ultra-fine tannins hold together a red with subtle berry, walnut, forest floor and mushroom character. Very fine indeed. Better in 2020 but so beautiful now.
94 points, James Suckling (May 2016)