1996 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot
58 Ratings
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58 Ratings
1996 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot

Winemaker's Notes

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...

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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 Enthusiast
    (From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1992 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 96 on Dec-94
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2004 Vintage) Showing the toasty, herbal, fruity, rich complexity that is part of the better offerings from this fabled producer, the wine is supple and a even a bit plush at the front of the palate and firms up a touch at the finish. Its milk chocolaty richness and cherryish fruit stand it in good stead and promise to see the wine past its edge of curt tightness at present.