9 Excellent Pink Wines From Napa Valley’s Storied Stags Leap Area

Wine grapes were first planted in what is now the Stags Leap District AVA in the 1870s, when Silverado Trail was still plied by farmers on horseback rather than revelers in party limos off to visit their favorite Napa Valley wineries. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was planted here in 1961, and since that time the “valley within a valley,” as it has been called, has become renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends known for their power and grace.

Bordered to the east by the soaring Stags Leap Palisades and to the west by undulating hills and the Napa River, Stags Leap District is said to be the first to be granted American Viticultural Association status based on the distinctiveness of its soils. A combination of volcanic rock on the hillsides and sedimentary loam and gravel towards the river add a striking level of minerality to many of the wines made here. Sixteen wineries and a handful of growers farm on 1,250 acres here, 90 percent of which are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the other red “Bordeaux” varieties. Although this is one of the smallest sub-appellations within Napa Valley, wines made here are famed for their big fruit flavors merged with polished tannins, bold acidity, and gorgeous touches of spice.

Source: Robb Report

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