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Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2003


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    Stags' Leap Winery emphasizes structure in their red wines, a commitment reflected in the mouth-filling mid-palate expression of this classic Napa Valley Merlot. A cool, wet spring made 2003 a late year, pushing the pick-dates back into late October and November. The long hang-time and lower yields combined to form Merlot of uncommon power and complexity. The wine spent 21 months in French oak, then was blended in with small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to lend the wine added complexity and length. The result is a full-bodied Merlot expressing black cherry, cocoa bean and rum-soaked raisin aromas. There are notes of black plum, nutmeg and vanilla cream on the mid-palate. The tannins are smooth and earthy and the wine is complete and balanced with a long finish that warms you on a chilly night!

    Posted by thewinery on December 1st, 2007 at 2:51pm | report comment

    Color: Dark ruby/garnet

    Nose: Black fruit, some vanilla and some cherry on top, toasty.

    Palate: Quite good, a fruit-forward version of a Napa Merlot. Very yummy, with decent structure. Very smooth and a little bit of loam.

    Posted by drxeno on January 1st, 2008 at 3:24am | report comment

    Palate: Some game, as well

    Posted by drxeno on January 1st, 2008 at 3:26am | report comment

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