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Date Printed: 12/17/2014
Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2004
Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2004
(search item no. 91006)
collectible wine


PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 92% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Kevin Morrisey's continued commitment to making the well structured wines for which Stags' Leap Winery is known is on display with this 2004 Napa Valley Merlot. The cornerstone of this process is the careful vineyard selection, meticulous farming, and partnering with some of Napa Valley's premiere grape growers.

Aromatics of ripe red cherry and sweet strawberry jam lead to flavors of rich red fruit, toasted almonds, dried thyme, and rosemary with a hint of black truffles. The firm tannic structure holds the melody of flavors together as a full-bodied mid palate carries through to a long finish complete with hints of licorice, black chocolate and orange peel.

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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.