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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot 2007

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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

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Snooth User: ceekaynj
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4.00 5
05/19/2012

Utterly perfect. Just the right balance. Goes well with everything.


Snooth User: grunkiejr
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3.50 5
05/07/2011

Good concentrated flavors. Well structured with ripe fruits and a good amount of acidity. Dark fruits (cherry maybe), graphite is predominant as an aroma and in your mouth. I'm drinking in May 2011 and I think it could use a little time but after the first glass I decanted the rest of the bottle. It definitely improved with air from decanting. I wouldn't necessarily call this a best buy at this price point (~$50-60) but it is a reliable winemaker that won't disappoint.


Snooth User: ppelkaru
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3.00 5
03/03/2013

Wine was ok. Probably needed more than the 1hr decant time that was recommended. I rate it a $30 bottle. Have to desire to purchase another anytime soon. Bought Fay recently to see if any better.


Snooth User: kllllami
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0.00 5
12/30/2011

Bottle from vv. full bodied flavor, smokey and fruity.


Snooth User: oidanx
8360197
4.00 5
06/15/2011

A very different wine with primarily graphite and oak on the nose and a strong spice finish. I was dissapointed when I popped and poured but after an hour of decanting this wine really came alive. I had it with an indian lamb dish and it was the perfect compliment.


Snooth User: slmshady
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4.50 5
09/19/2011

Excellent.


Snooth User: robenalt
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4.50 5
06/02/2011

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot

External Review
07/06/2011

WE 94pts. - According to the Wine Enthusiast: Here s a Cab to put in the cellar. It s big and rich and frankly sensational, just massive in blackberries, currants and sweet dark chocolate. The tannins are fierce, but very fine, and the overall balance is impeccable. Too astringent now, even with decanting, but should easily improve in the bottle throughout the next decade. Benchmark Napa Valley Cabernet from the outstanding 2007 vintage. Winemaker Notes - Artemis, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, is a wine that truly reflects its name. It's the culmination of Winemaker Nicki Pruss' search for superior-quality Napa Valley grapes which, when combined with estate-grown fruit, meld into a Cabernet Sauvignon that mirrors the depth, structure and elegance of our limited-production estate wines...


External Review
05/18/2011

Made almost exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a deeply colored, ripely rich young wine that shows masses of blackberries. There are supporting notes of pain grille, anise, violets, and smoky oak, with a firm grounding of minerals. Shows some tartness and astringency that strongly suggest time in the cellar. Try beyond 2012.


External Review
05/08/2011

A perennial favorite on restaurant wine lists, ARTEMIS is generous in flavor and velvety in texture. Aromas of cassis and caramel rise and give way to earthy notes of black olive, black pepper, and truffles. Classic flavors of cassis and black cherry fill the mouth as notes of violets and vanilla linger on the finish. Enjoy this wine with braised short ribs on a cold winter's night or with a porcini and gorgonzola burger for you gourmet grillers


External Review
05/18/2011

Textbook Napa Cab, blessed with ripe cassis-scented fruit and hints of mint, toast and dusty earth. It's velvety and rich in the mouth, picking up notes of chocolate and vanilla on the silky-smooth finish.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Imagine taking an aerial tour of Napa Valley, flying over the patchwork of vineyards that have made the valley and its wines famous. The grapes for ARTEMIS are sourced from a handful of these sites, l


External Review
01/03/2013

You might want to age this for a couple years, because it's a little tough in tannins, more so than you might expect from a Napa Merlot. But it's very rich in cherry, red currant, green olive and oak flavors. - S.H. Soft and sleek, with appealing notes of red currant, mint and fresh earth. Drink now through 2016. 3,034 cases made. -TF Intense and complex fruit aromas of cherry, red plum, and pomegranate, with notes of cigar box, cardamom, and toasted oak lead to an equally complex palate and refreshingly brisk finish. The flavors mirror the aromas, with additional notes of chocolate, vanilla and dark spice. The tannins are supple yet have good grip, suggesting that this Merlot be served with hearty, meaty dishes such as rack of lamb, cherry-sauced duck, or a mushroom and herb ragout over polenta. - WineryAppellation: Napa ValleyBlend:95% Merlot5% Cabernet SauvignonBarrel Aging: 15 months, 31% new French oak 69% previously filled French oakAlcohol: 14.5%pH: 3....


External Review
07/16/2010

Dark ruby at the core with a deep scarlet rim. On the nose very pleasant notes of bing cherry, cola, raspberry cobbler and wet granite. On the palate initially very shy but with a little air bright red fruits, vanilla, and a touch of toasty oak beg... John Sweeney. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2007 Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 750ml


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