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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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.
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...Read More About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
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...Read More About Napa Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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