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Chase Creek Estate Merlot Napa Valley 2006

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Wine Tasting Notes A vibrant nose of plum, cassis, nutmeg, black licorice and hints of rosemary greets the taster, with additional layers of raspberry, tealeaf, rose petals and vanilla. Concentrated flavors of black cherry, plum, cassis, baked cherry pie, cocoa, toast, and allspice intermingle with dusty tannins, hints of white pepper and tobacco. Perfectly balanced and firmly structured, this wine has significant aging potential and is ready to enjoy now with an herb-stuffed turkey accompanied by a velvety chestnut soup.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths. We were founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, our wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure... Read more
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths. We were founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, our wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown. n May 24, 1976, a wine tasting took place in Paris that changed the world’s view of California wines forever. The tasting was the brainchild of Steven Spurrier, an English wine merchant who owned an innovative wine shop and adjacent wine school in the center of Paris. Located near the offices of IBM, many of the students at L’Academie du Vin were Americans who worked in France and were anxious to learn more about wine. Spurrier was intrigued by some of the California Cabernets and Chardonnays his students brought by the shop. Curious to see how these newcomers would fare against French wines made from the same kind of grapes, he arranged a blind wine tasting in celebration of the American Bicentennial activities in Paris. The French tasters chosen for the event had impeccable professional credentials. The French wines were First and other classified-growth red Bordeaux and white Burgundies. They were matched against California Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. The tasting was blind, with the identities of the wines concealed and the labels revealed only after the jury of nine tasters had voted its order of preference. The unthinkable happened. The 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon - the first vintage produced with grapes from vines a mere three years old - was judged the best. The Cabernet had bested four top-ranked Bordeaux, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from California bested its French counterparts. TIME magazine’s Paris correspondent was on hand for the tasting and broke the news. Less might have been made of the whole thing had the French tasters been other than top-notch - and had they been less disdainful toward the California selections as they tasted. The French tasters were stunned when the names of the wines were revealed. The impact of the tasting for California wines was immediate, like a vinous "shot heard round the world," as one observer put it, catapulting California wines onto the world stage by illustrating that exceptional wines could come from somewhere other than traditionally sacrosanct French terroir. The 1976 Paris tasting has been duplicated over the years, often with similar results. One of those tastings took place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 1996 to mark the 20th anniversary of the event. At that time bottles of the first-place wines--the 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay--were placed into the Museum’s collections. Today, the wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars continue to command the respect and admiration of wine aficionados the world over, proving beyond a doubt that the Paris victory was no accident, and that our Napa Valley wines age as gracefully as the beautiful and time-honored wines of Bordeaux Read less

Member Reviews for Chase Creek Estate Merlot Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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4.00 5
01/18/2010

chocolate, smoke, peppers, and spicy aromas. concentrated red fruit flavors at first - red currants, plums and raspberries and then comes black cherries, boysenberries finished with spice, cocoa, and cinnamon. overall smooth and velvety with a pepper bramble structure. goes great with a steak dinner


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
01/25/2009

Solid 'entry' Cabernet from Stags Leap. Like the merlot there was caramel and spice on the nose ... some leather as well. Lots of black cherry in the taste with good structure. I like this wine.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.50 5
12/20/2009

This a typical stags leap district cab. Very nice cherry and vanilla notes. Bigger, bolder, new world style. This is an impressive bottle.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
08/31/2010

Chocolate, black cherry and dark plummy notes on the nose. Woodsy and dry cedar flavors at first, but the wine opened up after 30 minutes yielding much more fruit. Licorice and spice, giving way to blueberry and anise. Spicy acidic finish with firm tannins. Lots of aging to be had.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
02/28/2010

- Tasted 2/27/10


Snooth User: grunkiejr
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3.50 5
05/27/2011

I had this with bbq ribs (at Redstone) and the pairing was one that you marvel at long after the meal. The smokiness of the ribs and the merlot made a wonderful marriage.


Snooth User: kingjer2
9567198
5.00 5
11/04/2011

Terrific wine


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External Reviews for Chase Creek Estate Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
04/14/2010

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot Napa Valley 2006 750ML


External Review
04/28/2010

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis exhibits notes of black currants, plum, licorice, roasted herbs, and some new oak. It was one of the more aromatic wines of the group, but when it hits the palate, some rather harsh tannins, obvious herbaceousness, and jagged acidity kick in. I would drink this wine sooner rather than later, as it is likely to dry out, although the acids will keep it alive for some time to come.


External Review
10/15/2009

A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2006 Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 750ml


External Review
03/16/2010

Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2006 and all other wine from Stags' Leap Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
05/19/2011

Distinctive for its candied cherry, plum, strawberry and berryish flavors, with supple tannins and good length. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
05/19/2011

This is a seriously good Merlot. They got the fruit gorgeously ripe so that it bursts with sunny cassis and cherry flavor, and then they drenched it with high-end toasted oak. Near-perfect tannins, and just-right acidity provide the finishing touches. Elegant.


External Review
05/19/2011

A pretty nose of ripe raspberry and blackberries integrated with bittersweet chocolate and sweet-clove spice aromas and flavors.


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Wine Tasting Notes A vibrant nose of plum, cassis, nutmeg, black licorice and hints of rosemary greets the taster, with additional layers of raspberry, tealeaf, rose petals and vanilla. Concentrated flavors of black cherry, plum, cassis, baked cherry pie, cocoa, toast, and allspice intermingle with dusty tannins, hints of white pepper and tobacco. Perfectly balanced and firmly structured, this wine has significant aging potential and is ready to enjoy now with an herb-stuffed turkey accompanied by a velvety chestnut soup.

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