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The Stags’ Leap Napa Valley Merlot 2009 is what Winemaker Christophe Paubert describes as a “serious Merlot.” With fr...Read more...
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This one has a lovely, deep purple color in the glass. The nose is absolutely lovely, with aromas of leather, oak, mint and something green that I... Read more
chocolate, smoke, peppers, and spicy aromas. concentrated red fruit flavors at first - red currants, plums and raspberries and then comes black ch... Read more
Chocolate, black cherry and dark plummy notes on the nose. Woodsy and dry cedar flavors at first, but the wine opened up after 30 minutes yielding ... Read more
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This one has a lovely, deep purple color in the glass. The nose is absolutely lovely, with aromas of leather, oak, mint and something green that I can't quite put my finger on. The taste is just an explosion of wonderful flavors dancing around your mouth. I often talk about how flavors progress from your first taste, to midpalate to the finish, but this wine just shows a pronounced yet smooth transition through all those phases. At first I taste lovely fruit, cassis, ripe cherry and plum, which transitions to oak and leather, moving toward a fantastically earthy finish, which I honestly didn't expect. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2012/10/2009-stags-leap-napa-valley-merlot.html
chocolate, smoke, peppers, and spicy aromas. concentrated red fruit flavors at first - red currants, plums and raspberries and then comes black cherries, boysenberries finished with spice, cocoa, and cinnamon. overall smooth and velvety with a pepper bramble structure. goes great with a steak dinner
Chocolate, black cherry and dark plummy notes on the nose. Woodsy and dry cedar flavors at first, but the wine opened up after 30 minutes yielding much more fruit. Licorice and spice, giving way to blueberry and anise. Spicy acidic finish with firm tannins. Lots of aging to be had.
I had this with bbq ribs (at Redstone) and the pairing was one that you marvel at long after the meal. The smokiness of the ribs and the merlot made a wonderful marriage.
Light sour nose. Tannic, red floral notes. ""Companion Label""
External Reviews for Stags' Leap Winery Merlot Napa Valley
Winemaker Notes - The Stags' Leap Napa Valley Merlot has significant structure that is complemented by soft, supple tannins. The 2008 blend highlights how complex Merlot can be, starting with aromas of clove and cocoa followed by intense flavor notes of black cherry, plum and coffee.
A stunning success for its wonderfully extracted, complex meacute;lange of blackberry, cassis, sweet anise, plum and cured tobacco. Thatrsquo;s what rigorous selection can accomplish in a so-so vintage. The flavors are wrapped in the rich, sweet tannins and balanced acids yoursquo;d expect from this appellation. Might age, but best now through next year.
Dark, rich and concentrated, with flavors that veer into herb, mulch and blackberry. Mouthcoating tannins on the finish. Best from 2004 through 2009.
This is a seriously good Merlot. They got the fruit gorgeously ripe so that it bursts with sunny cassis and cherry flavor, and then they drenched it with high-end toasted oak. Near-perfect tannins, and just-right acidity provide the finishing touches. Elegant.
Plush, spicy, plummy and generous, with opulent currant, plum and chocolate aromas and flavors, finely integrated tannins and a sense of elegance that persists through the tasty finish. Best to drink after 1995.
There is a ripeness and concentration to this wine that represents a new style. Although elegantly structured, the wine has lots of extraction and a new level of density. But it still has the briary character that is the trademark of Stagrsquo;s Leap Merlot, layered with aromas of fresh and dried herbs and flavors of black cherry, raspberry jam, lemon grass and Belgian hot cocoa. It is truly a wine with a sense of place.
A silky, inviting wine with lush fruit centered on black cherries and red plums, with a hint of blackberry and a sprinkling of chocolate and spice. the finish is long and rich, with echoes of the opening fruit.
The Stags’ Leap Napa Valley Merlot 2009 is what Winemaker Christophe Paubert describes as a “serious Merlot.” With freshness and acidity underscoring its cool climate origins, the wine combines delicious black cherry, cassis and licorice flavors with subtle notes of leather, pepper and cinnamon.
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