St. Clement Merlot 1996

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 6403
  • red wine
  • WS88
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Winemaker's Notes

This wine highlights our greater use of newer oak which serves as an enhancer to the sweet, fruity flavors of the grape. The newer oak offers more spicy flavors in the wine, and there's a hint of herbs and spiced chocolate. In the nose, there are qualities of roasted grain and toasted vanilla. The 1996 Merlot is luscious and mouthfilling yet refreshing. Because of the ripeness in the fruit, this vintage is less tea-like, with more black fruits and rich cherry flavors. There is also a bright dash of black pepper and spice. The 1996 Napa Valley Merlot is an appealing, friendly wine that can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, from seared sea bass to a rich meaty stew.

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This historic Napa winery was purchased by Beringer in 1999. Beringer Wine Estates also owns Meridian Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, Napa Ridge, Chateau Souverain and Stags' Leap Winery. St. Clement Vineyards will continue to produce small lots of premium wines under the same winemaking staff, with the universal goal of producing the best wines possible from exceptional regional fruit.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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