Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot 2009
Merlot from Napa Valley, California
This Merlot opens with an inviting nose reminiscent of strawberry cheesecake with a graham cracker crust along with notes of black cherry, cola and crushed sage. The wine is expansive on the palate with flavors of ripe raspberry and baking spices and a long red fruit driven finish. Try pairing this wine with a herb-crusted (thyme/sage) pork loin or a goat cheese quiche or soufflé.
Grapes from our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District (now called Danika Ranch) form the core of this Merlot. We also sourced grapes from other prime vineyards in the Napa Valley to produce a fruit-driven Merlot with great balance, fresh acidity and minerality. We blended in 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon (mostly from FAY and S.L.V.) to give additional body and structure.
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Winery
Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove." View all Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Wines
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