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Date Printed: 7/13/2014
Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2003
Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2003
(search item no. 88041)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

94% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc.

This is a full-bodied Merlot expressing black cherry, cocoa bean and rum-soaked raisin aromas. There are notes of black plum, nutmeg and vanilla cream on the mid-palate. The tannins are smooth and earthy and the wine is complete and balanced with a long finish that warms you in a soft wake of English bitters.

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About 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 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).

An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.