Silverado Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District 2006
Merlot is NOT Cabernet. Thinner skinned and earlier ripening than the other great Claret varieties, it needs a cooler growing site to slow down sugar development, allowing flavor ripeness to catch up. Silverado's Mt. George vineyard gives this Merlot its oily herbal and black berry fruit flavors with a serious core of tannin for body. Aromas of earth, dried herbs and cherry. On the palate, medium body, lush fruit flavors and balanced acidity with a long finish that has a tingle and a tang.
External Reviews for Silverado Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District
Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. There is a complete disconnect between the rich and seemingly fruity aromas redolent of ripe black cherries and roasted vanilla beans and the full-bodied but surprisingly pinched, narrow and slightly green, underripe flavors that follow. The vintage has not been nice to many red wines, but the tricks that it is playing here are indeed unkind.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
Aromas of earth, dried herbs and cherry. On the palate, medium body, lush fruit flavors and balanced acidity with a long finish that has a tingle and a tang. Perfect for those awesome roasts during the holiday season.
Sleek but slightly lean, with appealing notes of black currant, cedar and dried herbs. Drink now through 2014. 12,800 cases made. -TF ** Only 9 in Stock **