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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot 2007
Utterly perfect. Just the right balance. Goes well with everything.
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.
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.
Bottle from vv. full bodied flavor, smokey and fruity.
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.
External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
Herersquo;s a Cab to put in the cellar. Itrsquo;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.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis, which is not an estate wine, but a regional Napa blend, includes a small amount of Petit Verdot and Merlot. The fully mature 2007 exhibits a dark plum/ ruby color, medium body and notes of Chinese black tea, licorice, herbs, mocha and black currants. This is a delicious, restrained, elegant Cabernet to drink over the next 7ndash;8 years. Dramatic improvements are clearly underway at Stagrsquo;s Leap Wine Cellars, which was sold to a consortium led by Tuscanyrsquo;s Piero Antinori in 2007. Antinori brought in well-known consultant Renzo Cotarella to improve the quality and, hopefully, get this winery back to the lofty heights it achieved in the seventies and early eighties. They seem to be well on their way, which is good news for consumers.
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