Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot Stags Leap District 2005
Smoother than the Bordeaux tried immediately before, with a rich sugary fruity flavor. Cedar and coffee notes upfront, with a wide round finish with a hint of eucalyptus underneath.
disappointing for the price ($30+ per bottle) - fruit forward but more subtle than I expected - beautiful red fruit bouquet
External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot Stags Leap District
Wine Tasting NotesThis Merlot displays great dimension in the nose with aromas of blueberry, ripe plum and black cherry accented by hints of violet, anise, pepper and dark chocolate. On the palate, upfront flavors of black cherry, plum and dark berries mix with medium soft tannins, sweet vanilla and well-integrated oak. A rich, silky texture and long, lingering finish are the final rewards. Slow braised beef short ribs with glazed garden fresh carrots will make an excellent pairing.
Plum, black currant and herbal notes are nicely underscored by firm tannins and toasty oak. A great accompaniment to roast pork and holiday turkey.
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Wine Tasting NotesThis wines richness and depth of flavor is announced in a bouquet of cherries and blackberry pie interwoven with violets and allspice. In the mouth the layers of flavor unfold both vertically and horizontally, with overtones of toffee and spice playing off the main notes of cherries and cassis as fine tannins carry the flavor array through the velvety finish.