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
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/30/98