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One day, as hunters pursued a magnificent stag, the noble creature reached a large promontory in the palisades towering over the Napa Valley below. Trapped between the cliffs and the hunters, the stag paused, considered, then leapt across the chasm to safety. Having eluded the hunters, the stag’s boldness earned him the enduring admiration of his pursuers and their descendants for generations to come.
There are two producers in Napa Valley that have the Stag's Leap name in common, though punctuated differently.
STAGS’ LEAP WINERY (web)
The tale of the stag was also the inspiration for Stags’ Leap Winery, which is located within the Stags Leap District. Established in 1893 as a summer residence and resort, wine production began again in earnest when Stags’ Leap Winery was purchased in 1971 by Carl Doumani. Currently owned by Foster's Wine Estates, a global wine company, Stags’ Leap Winery is principally noted for its Petite Syrah.
STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS (web)
In 1970, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars was founded by the Winiarski family in what is now known as the Stags Leap District. The Winiarski’s first brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when their 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the 1976 Paris Tasting. Today, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars remains family owned and operated. It is acclaimed for its Estate Cabernet Sauvignons, CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY, which are among the most highly regarded and sought after Cabernets in the world.
I think that it is safe to say that if you are caught in conversation trying to remember a wine you have had from one of these two producers, if it was a Petite Sirah it was probably Stags' Leap Winery and if it was a Cabernet Sauvignon it was probably Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.
*All quoted materials are from Stag's Leap Winery.
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