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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot. Chase Creek Napa Valley 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

Still in its youth, this wine reveals extraordinary depth and finesse beginning with rich cassis and blackberry aromas that are warmly blanketed in notes of toffee and vanilla. Savory aromas of rosemary, truffles, and cocoa powder reward those who linger over the bouquet. Take a sip, and discover a core of dark berry, cassis, and cherry fruit flavors amid notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, and espresso. Silky, supple tannins carry this wine into a long, fruity and gratifying finish. Enjoy it with a prime rib roast with Cabernet jus or with venison chops with blackberry compote.

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 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot. Chase Creek Napa Valley

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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4.00 5
11/28/2007

Loved this in the tasting room ... going to hold onto the bottle I have.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.50 5
03/16/2009

Rich, viscous, thick fruity wine dripping with flavors of baked fruits - plums and black cherries - the flavor lingers and mellows to a spicy finish with notes redolent of pine cones. Will age, and is still a little tight on the finish.


Snooth User: Cheri
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5.00 5
02/25/2008

Stag's Leap really knows their cabernets, and, since I'm a huge cab fan, I heart Stag's Leap. Their wines are on the expensive side but Always worth it.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
3.50 5
05/15/2009

Big red berry nose, dusty. Tannic and acidic. Red fruit. Not ready. Light chocolate.


Snooth User: gpnguyen
34741108
3.50 5
11/14/2007

A true Cab and a must-taste...


Snooth User: gottvino4558
34676180
5.00 5
01/26/2010

Quickest way out of the dog house!


Snooth User: Charleen
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3.50 5
09/14/2007

aromatics of black cherry, blackberries, and plum


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External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot. Chase Creek Napa Valley

External Review
06/20/2014

Artemis has been spotty over the years. The 04 is a good wine showing many of the best qualities of Napa Cab. The blackberry and tobacco fruit is rich and dry the oak is fine and the tannic structure is deep enough to allow for midterm aging. Best now through 2010. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
12/20/2008

This red blend is intense and concentrated, with a rich and supple texture and loads of currant, anise, black cherry, plum and berry notes. On the finish, the flavors weave together in a complex tapestry, and though firmly tannic, it's perfectly balanced.


External Review
01/03/2013

A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2004 Stags Leap Winery Merlot 750ml


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesA gorgeous deep garnet red, the FAY Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an intense perfume of dark red fruit, lavender, violets and a hint of butterscotch. Concentrated flavors of lush red plum, black cherries, licorice, and subtle forest floor are accented by sweet oak and a ribbon of vanilla. It is beautifully balanced, with a soft entry, expansive fruit flavors and a long, flavorful finish.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAllow this savory, multifaceted wine to open upfirst in the glass, then on your tongueand discover the treasures it has to offer. Aromas of berries, brown sugar, and dense dark chocolate evolve in the mouth into a flavor array that includes dark berries, black fruits, and rosemary. The soft grip carries all the way through the long, satisfying fi nish. This S.L.V. will age beautifully for a decade and beyond. To enjoy it now, decant at least an hour beforehand, then serve with grilled pancetta-wrapped figs, oxtail stew with black olives over pappardelle, or polenta topped with a morel-and-porcini flan.


External Review
10/15/2009

A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2004 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot Chase Creek 750ml


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesStill in its youth, this wine reveals extraordinary depth and finesse beginning with rich cassis and blackberry aromas that are warmly blanketed in notes of toffee and vanilla. Savory aromas of rosemary, truffles, and cocoa powder reward those who linger over the bouquet. Take a sip, and discover a core of dark berry, cassis, and cherry fruit flavors amid notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, and espresso. Silky, supple tannins carry this wine into a long, fruity and gratifying finish. Enjoy it with a prime rib roast with Cabernet jus or with venison chops with blackberry compote.


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Still in its youth, this wine reveals extraordinary depth and finesse beginning with rich cassis and blackberry aromas that are warmly blanketed in notes of toffee and vanilla. Savory aromas of rosemary, truffles, and cocoa powder reward those who linger over the bouquet. Take a sip, and discover a core of dark berry, cassis, and cherry fruit flavors amid notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, and espresso. Silky, supple tannins carry this wine into a long, fruity and gratifying finish. Enjoy it with a prime rib roast with Cabernet jus or with venison chops with blackberry compote.

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic


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