Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot 2009

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 126891
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WE93
  • WS88

Winemaker's Notes

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.

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Rating:
(2/26/2014)
Very tannic, should let sit for another year maybe.
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walktard - Tahoe City, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(1/5/2014)
Pretty tannic, guessing this could age awhile still.
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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...

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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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