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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2005
Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2005
(search item no. 93764)

PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $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, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

This Napa Valley Merlot begins with aromas of black cherry, brambles, cedar and fennel. The palate reveals layers of black plum, licorice and vanilla supported by firm, but fine tannins. The full-bodied mid palate carries through to a nice long finish of blackberry jam and dark chocolate.

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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.