1998 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa...

WINE OF THE WEEK

January 12, 2000|By Michael Dresser

1998 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($20).

Generally, California sauvignon blancs can't justify a $20 price tag. This exceptional effort from the much-respected Stag's Leap is a glorious exception. It's a full-bodied yet graceful dry white wine with nuances of figs, nuts, pears and toasty oak. Smooth texture, tremendous length, complexity -- this sauvignon blanc has it all. (If you prefer chardonnay, Stag's Leap's 1998 from the Napa Valley is also a spectacular special-occasion wine at $26.)

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