Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2017
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
|Brand||Stags' Leap Winery|
This bold, savory, rich red is filled with concentrated dark plum and dried berry flavors matched to loamy notes. Espresso and mocha accents linger on the broad finish. Drink now through 2024. 16,000 cases made.
Strengthened by small amounts of Petite Sirah and mixed reds, this is a tart, high-toned red, dusty in texture and well-integrated acidity. Plum, dark cherry and a whiff of dark chocolate accent the full-bodied power and soft approach.
Composed of 96% Merlot and 4% Petite Sirah, the 2017 Merlot was aged for 19 months in French oak, 35% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it offers open-knit, expressive notes of baked plums, boysenberries and fruitcake with touches of hoisin, clove oil and bouquet garni. The soft, satiny, medium-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black fruits, lifted by a lively line of freshness and finishing satisfyingly spicy. 16,000 cases were made.