Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars



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. In addition to some estate-grown grapes, we source high-quality fruit from independent growers who farm their vines to our precise specifications.

Vineyards & Winemaking

Almost half of the Merlot grapes for this wine were grown on Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak with the remaining coming from Napa Carneros and our estate vineyard, Danika Ranch, in the Oak Knoll District. With 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a fruit-driven Merlot with great balance, fresh acidity and minerality. After fermentation, this wine was aged for 16 months in medium-toast French oak barrels, 12% of them new.

Tasting Notes

This inviting Merlot opens with notes of rich red plum, strawberry and candied cherry along with hints of pine. The wine is expansive on the palate with pure red fruit flavors that mingle with sage and anise spice. Enjoy this classic Napa Valley Merlot with roasted chicken with sautéed wild mushrooms or herb-crusted fish or pork loin served alongside parmesan risotto.

Past Vintage Fact Sheets

2009 vintage
2008 vintage

Napa Valley
96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acidity:
0.55 g/100 mL
Barrel Aging:
16 months
12% new French oak
100% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
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