The wine is the definition of gorgeous- sexy. Dry coco yet tart tannins. Amazing fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, plum skin, baked strawberries, expresso roast, caramel, dark & milk, dry stems, crushed rock powder, fresh tobacco, leather with fragrant; dark, red and purple flowers. Can’t wait to open mine in about 12 - 15 more years. — 19 minutes ago
With how incredible this was tasting at pop and pour, I was disappointed to have to leave shortly after it was opened, so I didn’t get to see this unfurl and blossom after it was given some air. Quintessential Stags Leap District. Incredibly dark in the glass, almost black. Smells of mocha, currant, blackberries, licorice, and heady notes of baking spices. Velvet like on the palate adding some typical black cherry, alongside graphite, toasted graham cracker and dark chocolate. Powerful tannins. Hope to try another one of these. — 21 days ago
Massive qpr! Like biting into roasted bacon with blueberry jam spread over it. — 13 days ago
While this is not the best wine so far, I really love this producer. Very ripe and round-soft. It juicy on the palate. Blackberries, black raspberries, purple fruits, poached strawberries, dry soils, black licorice to anise, used leather, dark fruit cola, beautiful dark spice, coffee grounds, dry stems, violet, dark flowers and lavender. — an hour ago
July 4th Friday was a total blowout! Killer bottles one after another. Here are just a few of the bottles we all enjoyed!
Such a treat to compare this against the ‘08 Schrader To Kalon and the ‘09 Chappellet Pritchard Hill. This was decidedly more dusty. Dark cocoa dusted dates, cassis, and black cherry compote over toasted graham crackers. This was decanted about an hour+ before we got to it and it was still powering through hours later. Thanks, @joe leatherwood . — 21 days ago
Time for some #MerlotThursday. Are two better than one?
Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim. Teeth staining color.
Fruity, yet subdued, nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, spices, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, dark chocolates, coffee, mocha, tobacco, earth and spices.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a a delicious Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Stags Leap District in Napa Valley.
Still young and needs another 5 to 10 years of bottle time to mature, but good right out of the bottle too. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
Needs a few hours to open up properly and show the complexity.
Tastes more like a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, rather than a Merlot, which is fine with me 😃
Loved the spicy and tangy finish. Delicious and yummy.
Robert Parker 91 points.
Thank you Shelby and Bob for sharing.
A blend of 77% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit verdot.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$100. — 16 days ago