Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2017 - SPIRITED Wines
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Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2017
SKU: 65815

Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2017

  • ws92
  • we90
  • wa89


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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Stags' Leap Winery
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
With freshness emphasizing its southern Napa origins, the 2017 Merlot shows tons of juicy black cherry and dark plum fruit alongside sarsaparilla notes of vanilla, caramel and allspice, giving a rich warmth to the nose. Savory, sweet herbal elements, (almost Jägermeister-like), of cherry kirsch, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, cola and chaparral floral blossom, thyme, mint and rosemary, also sit alongside sweet baking spice notes, imparted from the oak ageing. The palate is fleshy, rich and full, with mouthwatering fruit flavors, polished structure, refreshing acidity, and soft, fine-grained, velvety tannins, leading to a lengthy silky finish, exhibiting a well-balanced wine that shows the true elegance of Merlot.
Wine Spectator
  • ws92

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.

Kim Marcus, November 30, 2020
Wine Enthusiast
  • we90

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.

Virginie Boone, October 1, 2020
Wine Advocate
  • wa89

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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 30, 2020