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Stags Leap District

Overview

There is a bit of confusion concerning the apostrophe in Stags Leap. The famous Wine Cellar is spelled “Stag’s Leap” and a less famous winery is called “Stags’ Leap.” The name of the AVA, however, is correct without any apostrophe at all.

The soil in Stags Leap is red, gravelly, volcanic and well drained. Midday temperatures are unusually warm, but cooling breezes from the San Pablo Bay moderate temperatures and help to conserve acidity at night. Stags Leap has a special place in the heart of any Napa enthusiast, as the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar was responsible for the Cabernet Sauvignon that beat France’s top Bordeaux at the 1976 blind tasting in Paris. The only Napa region that can match a good Stags Leap Cabernet is Rutherford, but Stags Leap also produces excellent Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Bordeaux-like blends.