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 Rob...

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Midtown Wine Merchants
Morristown, NJ (200 mi)
USD 49.99
750ml
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Light sour nose. Tannic, red floral notes. ""Companion Label"" Read more

There is a ripeness and concentration to this wine that represents a new style. Although elegantly structured, the wine has lots of extraction and ... Read more

Intense, complicated and challenging. Itrsquo;s an intellectual wine that will appeal to hedonists with its berry, chocolatey, meaty flavors and in... Read more

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
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05/15/2009

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


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

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.


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.


Ratings & Tags for Stags' Leap Winery Merlot Napa Valley Estate Reserve

205014 Snooth User: vtrost
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3.00 5
06/25/2009

Winemaker's Notes:

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

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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