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Hartwell Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District Estate Grown 2005

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2005 HARTWELL ESTATE MERLOTSTAGS LEAP DISTRICT, NAPA VALLEYStarting with a late rainy spring that delayed flowering and gave us some concerns with the possibility of crop loss; the 2005 vintage was unusually late due to a cool weather front for most of the season with temperatures that averaged between 70-80. Thankfully Mother Nature brought us a nearly perfect fall with plenty of sunshine and average temperatures allowing us to pick the fruit later in the season; this extended hang time has enhanced the flavor and color development of the grapes leading to a very exciting wine.Rich and concentrated aromas of sweet cherry, plum, baking spices opening with mocha and coffee notes leading to a beautifully balanced elegant Merlot. The texture of the wine is polished and silky; making the wine accessible and enjoyable now, but it will gain complexity and evolve with 7 to 8 years of bottle age.Appellation: Stags Leap District Release Date: Spring 2008Blend: 86% Merlot 14%Cab Suggested Retail: $75 Aging: Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels

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Hartwell Vineyards:
Bob Hartwell's passion for wine stems from his decades as an avid collector. Bob, a fourth generation Californian, has over thirty years of success in the aerospace and plumbing industries. As a successful manufacturer of quality products, Bob has never been a stranger to striving for quality over quantity at any cost. He has always known that the best quality materials result in the best quali... Read more
Bob Hartwell's passion for wine stems from his decades as an avid collector. Bob, a fourth generation Californian, has over thirty years of success in the aerospace and plumbing industries. As a successful manufacturer of quality products, Bob has never been a stranger to striving for quality over quantity at any cost. He has always known that the best quality materials result in the best quality products. Bob's obsession with producing the best didn't stop at the manufacturing plant. Bob knew that fulfilling the dream of owning his own vineyard meant finding the best place to grow the best Cabernet Sauvignon. With the help of a respected wine consultant, he found the property he had been searching for. The unplanted hillside in the Stag's Leap District, now Hartwell Estate, was the birthplace of his dream. Dick Grace shared his Bouche Clone from Grace Family Vineyards, and collaborated with Bob on Hartwell's very first production. In 1990 after 22 months in new French oak barrels, the wine, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, was released with explosive success. This established the tradition of quality and style that continues to distinguish Hartwell wines. In addition to making great wine, Blanca and Bob Hartwell are dedicated to the tradition of charitable giving. Their ongoing philanthropic efforts are instrumental to organizations that improve the lives of children. Read less

Member Reviews for Hartwell Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District Estate Grown

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Snooth User: keangary
10224915
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 11/30/2008

Lush, dark, full bodied, fruit, spice


Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
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1.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/28/2008

One glass


External Reviews for Hartwell Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District Estate Grown

External Review
Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAromas of black cherry, baking spices, and ultra-ripe raspberries rise from the glass. On the entry, the intensity of the fruit excites the senses, and layers upon layers of flavor rush across the palate. The texture of the wine is polished and silky, making the wine accessible and enjoyable now, but it will most definitely gain complexity with 3 to 5 years of bottle age.


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Vintage: 2000 05/12/2011

A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2000 Hartwell Merlot Estate 750ml



2005 HARTWELL ESTATE MERLOTSTAGS LEAP DISTRICT, NAPA VALLEYStarting with a late rainy spring that delayed flowering and gave us some concerns with the possibility of crop loss; the 2005 vintage was unusually late due to a cool weather front for most of the season with temperatures that averaged between 70-80. Thankfully Mother Nature brought us a nearly perfect fall with plenty of sunshine and average temperatures allowing us to pick the fruit later in the season; this extended hang time has enhanced the flavor and color development of the grapes leading to a very exciting wine.Rich and concentrated aromas of sweet cherry, plum, baking spices opening with mocha and coffee notes leading to a beautifully balanced elegant Merlot. The texture of the wine is polished and silky; making the wine accessible and enjoyable now, but it will gain complexity and evolve with 7 to 8 years of bottle age.Appellation: Stags Leap District Release Date: Spring 2008Blend: 86% Merlot 14%Cab Suggested Retail: $75 Aging: Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels

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