(2012 Vintage) Merlot vines grow exceptionally in the Bale Loams of Stags’ Leap: alluvial soils with volcanic ash minerality.Underneath the top layer exists a deeper layer of sandy loam laced with gravel and cobbles, allowing the kind of quick and thorough drainage that leaves the vines a little thirsty, concentrating their flavors. Searching for vineyards whose grapes complement the Estate has led us to partnerships with some of Napa Valley’s premiere grape growers.Careful vineyard selection, followed by meticulous farming yields a Merlot with rich fruit flavors, full body, and firm structure
This wine opens with aromas of black olive, boysenberry, dark fruit and dried herbs. Rich and inviting on the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with berry and cherry flavors with a hint of tobacco. The wine finishes with a hint of cherry. FOOD PAIRINGS roasted chicken with sautéed wild mushrooms, herb-crusted fish, pork loin with parmesan risotto.
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