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 75% of the grapes for this wine were grown on Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak with 20% from the ARCADIA Vineyard and the remaining from our estate vineyard, Danika Ranch, in the Oak Knoll District, and few other select vineyards in Napa Valley. With 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a fruit-driven wine with great balance, fresh acidity and minerality. After fermentation, this wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 31% of them new.

Tasting Notes

Rich and inviting, this Merlot offers aromas of raspberry jam, figs, sage and pepper. On the palate the wine has subtle vanilla oak flavors, silky tannins, a rich mouthfeel and a lingering finish of berries and 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:
0.52 g/100 mL
Barrel Aging:
16 months
31% new French oak
100% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
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