Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2009
Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2009
(search item no. 115642)

PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $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:

The Stags' Leap Napa Valley Merlot 2009 is what Winemaker Christophe Paubert describes as a "serious Merlot." With freshness and acidity underscoring its cool climate origins, the wine combines delicious black cherry, cassis and licorice flavors with subtle notes of leather, pepper and cinnamon.
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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.



Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Duckhorn Napa Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008
Duckhorn Napa Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008
(search item no. 111214)

PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley Merlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red current, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtle streak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas. These flavors are held together by granular tannins and accented by oak-inspired notes of molasses and nougat.

86% Merlot, 9.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.

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About Duckhorn Vineyards:

Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics of its vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled The Discussion, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that represents the pinnacle of Duckhorn's portfolio.


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Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2009
Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2009
(search item no. 114194)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity suporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish.
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About Duckhorn Vineyards:

Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics of its vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled The Discussion, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that represents the pinnacle of Duckhorn's portfolio.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107749)
Burghound.com rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 PinotReport rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Carmel Road, we've tailored our viticulture and winemaking techniques to capture the compelling character of our unique climate and soils. Our Pinot Noirs are known for their rich flavors and brilliant varietal characteristics. The wine is a rich and complex wine, marked by black cherry and roses with warm spice and refreshing raspberry tones on the velvety finish.
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About Carmel Road:

Founded in 1996, Carmel Road's mission is to produce wine showcasing the unique nature of Monterey County terrior. Our debut release, the 1997 Chardonnay, demonstrates the potential of the Monterey County appellation to produce world-class wines. Located just a few miles over the ridges from the Pacific Ocean, Carmel Road produces wines from vineyards set against the Santa Lucia range and in the Gabilan foothills. Under the care of Winemaker Dan Kleck, the fruit emerges in wines exhibiting both a studied elegance and superb richness.