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Stags' Leap Winery Merlot Napa Valley Estate Reserve 1999

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TASTING NOTES:''There is a ripeness and concentration to this wine that represents a new for us,'' says winemaker Robert Brittan. ''Although elegantly structured, the wine has lots of extraction and a new level of density. But it still has the briary character that I think of as the hallmark of Stags' 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.'' Because the vineyard has heavier and lighter soils, warmer and cooler sites, handpicking took place over a period of several weeks, with Brittan focused intently on bringing every single cluster into the winery at optimum ripeness. ''I've found that with Merlot you really have to pick it ripe, probably even a little overripe, to get the classical Merlot characteristics in the finished wine,'' comments Brittan. The individual blocks were fermented hot, sometimes reaching 90oF, in small lots, and aged in French oak barrels for eighteen months.REVIEWS:Rated 87 Dark, rich and concentrated, with flavors that veer into herb, mulch and blackberry. Mouthcoating tannins on the finish. (Jim Laube) Wine Spectator March 31, 2003 Your Price: $40.00SAVE: $10.00

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Stags' Leap Winery:
A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags’ Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s. Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of ... Read more
A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags’ Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s. Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children’s activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition). Read less
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Member Reviews for Stags' Leap Winery Merlot Napa Valley Estate Reserve

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
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2.50 5
05/15/2009

Light sour nose. Tannic, red floral notes. ""Companion Label""


Snooth User: vtrost
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3.00 5
06/25/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Stags' Leap Winery Merlot Napa Valley Estate Reserve

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Dark, rich and concentrated, with flavors that veer into herb, mulch and blackberry. Mouthcoating tannins on the finish. Best from 2004 through 2009.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

A pretty nose of ripe raspberry and blackberries integrated with bittersweet chocolate and sweet-clove spice aromas and flavors.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Intense, complicated and challenging. Itrsquo;s an intellectual wine that will appeal to hedonists with its berry, chocolatey, meaty flavors and instant drinkability. Yet aficionados will find plenty to think about. Will it age? Will the fruit outlast the tannins? Is it merely likeable, or serious? The answers are yes, yes, and serious.



TASTING NOTES:''There is a ripeness and concentration to this wine that represents a new for us,'' says winemaker Robert Brittan. ''Although elegantly structured, the wine has lots of extraction and a new level of density. But it still has the briary character that I think of as the hallmark of Stags' 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.'' Because the vineyard has heavier and lighter soils, warmer and cooler sites, handpicking took place over a period of several weeks, with Brittan focused intently on bringing every single cluster into the winery at optimum ripeness. ''I've found that with Merlot you really have to pick it ripe, probably even a little overripe, to get the classical Merlot characteristics in the finished wine,'' comments Brittan. The individual blocks were fermented hot, sometimes reaching 90oF, in small lots, and aged in French oak barrels for eighteen months.REVIEWS:Rated 87 Dark, rich and concentrated, with flavors that veer into herb, mulch and blackberry. Mouthcoating tannins on the finish. (Jim Laube) Wine Spectator March 31, 2003 Your Price: $40.00SAVE: $10.00

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