Stags Leap Climate & Grape Growing
The Effect of Stags Leap Climate on Grape Growing
A small ridge of hills separates Stags Leap from the rest of the Napa Valley. This causes winds from the San Pablo Bay to funnel through the viticultural area. The result is cooler, more moderate temperatures than much of the broader Napa Valley AVA.
There are few more sought after California wines than a great Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon. Whereas Rutherford Cabs are known for their tannic youth and ability to age, many examples from Stags Leap can be optimally enjoyed much earlier. In my opinion, most are also more food friendly.
White varietals are widely planted in the
alluvial soils of the valley floor. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon are the principle white grapes grown in the region. The AVA is one of my favorite places to go on Napa Valley wine tours. I particularly like the range of wines produced by Clos Du Val.
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