The Stags Leap name originated in the late 1880s with the Stags’ Leap Winery founding Chase family, it is attributed to a native Wappo legend of a stag leaping to escape hunters. The mountains behind the property on came to be known as the Stags Leap Palisades. Stags’ Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity. Winemaker Christophe Paubert has an impressive background with positions at Chateau d’Yquem and Gruaud-Larose as well as projects in Chile, Spain and Washington State adding to his experience. He makes wine the way he learned in France, to showcase the fruit and not the winemaker’s hand.
"Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is unquestionably one of Napa Valley’s benchmark producers. At the now legendary “Spurrier Tasting” of ’76, this operation topped the world’s best – most notably the Bordeaux first growths – and sent shock waves through the wine world. It was the first time that an American winery had ever gone toe-to-toe with the Old World and delivered a haymaker, and the fact that the judges were French only made it sweeter. It was a turning point for the entire California wine industry. Now in their fifth decade, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has expanded their portfolio to include some fabulous whites to accompany their muscular Cabs. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the winery that changed it all. They’ve made a few changes internally as well... a partnership between Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori proudly accepted the stewardship of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and its legacy in 2007, cinching their success for years to come."