Review: Stags’ Leap WInery 2020 Chardonnay and 2019 Petite Sirah

Review: Stags’ Leap WInery 2020 Chardonnay and 2019 Petite Sirah

The summertime releases from Napa’s Stags’ Leap Winery are upon us — one ready for the pool, the other for the grill.

2020 Stags’ Leap Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley – No surprises here, with this 2020 chardonnay pouring out notes of green apple and lemon curd, filtered through layers of vanilla-heavy oak. A guava character builds with time in glass, the later stages of the wine taking on a very creamy, slightly doughy quality. Some almond notes on the finish are a nice concluding touch. A- / $35 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

2019 Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah Napa Valley – Rich but not overblown and palate-killing the way so many petite sirah bottlings can be, this wine lays on notes of black fruit and dark chocolate, creating a seductive experience that is never short of immersive and thrilling. Notes of licorice and Christmas spices give the wine some texture and nuance, but that chocolate-driven core, running to cherry on the finish, is simply impossible not to fall in love with. A / $50 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

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2019 Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah Napa Valley

$50
9.5

Rating

9.5/10

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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