Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


2008

Merlot

Our Napa Valley collection of wines are crafted with the same approach to winemaking as our limited-production estate wines, using great care in harvesting and handling the grapes, and a measured hand in the cellar,to produce wines of supple power, elegance and age-worthiness. Like all of our wines, estate-grown grapes are the heart and soul of this Napa Valley Merlot, which is joined by high-quality fruit purchased from independent growers who farm their vines to our precise specifications.

Vineyards & Winemaking

Grapes from our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District form the core of our 2008 Merlot. Around this core we “wrapped” Merlot sourced from the Coombsville AVA and Andy Beckstoffer’s Carneros Lake and Las Amigas vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. The Merlot blend is rounded out with a top note derived from the Lincoln Ranch located in the warmer Oakville AVA. The grapes from these distinct areas were woven together to produce a clean and balanced Merlot with fresh acidity and minerality. The grapes from these distinct areas were woven together to produce a clean and balanced Merlot with fresh acidity and minerality. A small amount (5%) of Cabernet Sauvignon from our FAY vineyard was added to the blend for richness. After fermentation, this wine was aged for 19 months in medium-toast French oak barrels, 56% of them new. After fermentation, this wine was aged for 19 months in medium-toast French oak barrels, 56% of them new.

Tasting Notes

This classic Merlot opens with vibrant aromas of cherry, red plum, pomegranate, cardamom and forest floor. The aromas carry over onto the palate and meld with additional notes of milk chocolate, vanilla and dark spice. The tannins are supple yet have good grip, suggesting that this Merlot be served with hearty dishes such as rack of lamb, herbstuffed turkey or roasted duck in a cherry sauce.

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Appellation:
Napa Valley
Blend:
95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (41% estate grown)
Alcohol:
14.5%
pH:
3.76
Total Acidity:
0.61 g/100 ml
Barrel Aging:
19 months
56% new French oak
Fermentation:
100% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
100%
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