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66 Ratings
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(1996 Vintage) The bright garnet color of this wine is immediately inviting. Hints of white pepper and cedar accent the lush perfume of plum, berry and vanilla. Ripe blackberry and crisp plum flavors unfold on the palate with accompanying notes of lavender. Structured tannins support the fruit through a resonant finish. Fourteen months of French oak aging lends further layers of complexity. Try with barbecued game hens served with a yellow squash polenta, or a rich lentil and grilled vegetable stew topped by Pa...

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (1992 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 96 on Dec-94
  • Wine Spectator
    (1992 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/95
  • Wine Spectator
    (1985 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/88
  • Wine Advocate
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
  • Wine Spectator
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/00