Stags' Leap Winery

Napa Valley Merlot

8.9661 ratings
8.831 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
John Blumenthal

Great smell, extremely smooth, well balanced and simply tasty!

Great smell, extremely smooth, well balanced and simply tasty!

3 people found it helpfulAug 14th, 2014
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.8

if tasted blind I would confidently have assumed Fronsac. Bone dry and tightly wound with serious intensity. The fruit is fresh and inky, with dry baking spices. Tasted this morning, it's edges have softened and there is more flesh on the finish.

if tasted blind I would confidently have assumed Fronsac. Bone dry and tightly wound with serious intensity. The fruit is fresh and inky, with dry baking spices. Tasted this morning, it's edges have softened and there is more flesh on the finish.

3 people found it helpfulOct 18th, 2013
Mark Buckley

This Merlot tastes so amazing. Blueberry and plum fruit with chalky texture in mid-palate. Yumm

This Merlot tastes so amazing. Blueberry and plum fruit with chalky texture in mid-palate. Yumm

1 person found it helpfulMay 3rd, 2015
Sue Mohle

Very smooth and lovely blueberries and blackberry pie

Very smooth and lovely blueberries and blackberry pie

Sep 30th, 2016
Brent S

A great bargain.

A great bargain.

Nov 6th, 2015
Rebecca Fletcher

2012 vintage. Great food wine.

2012 vintage. Great food wine.

Aug 9th, 2015
Andrew Holloway

Great fruit and length for 77

Great fruit and length for 77

Apr 3rd, 2015
Tony Margiotta

For my first sip of this wine I noticed cacao. A lot of it actually. It was over-barreled. The fruit in it is too rich. It's not a bad wine but I wouldn't buy it again.

Also, it didn't pair well with beef and it will NEVEr pair well with an sort of pasta with red sauce.

It's a decent wine by itself but because of the chocolate oak monster, it will be difficult to find a good pairing.

For my first sip of this wine I noticed cacao. A lot of it actually. It was over-barreled. The fruit in it is too rich. It's not a bad wine but I wouldn't buy it again.

Also, it didn't pair well with beef and it will NEVEr pair well with an sort of pasta with red sauce.

It's a decent wine by itself but because of the chocolate oak monster, it will be difficult to find a good pairing.

Nov 27th, 2014
Scott Barber

Wine Educator Meadowood Napa Valley

8.6

Merlot round table: primary plush black fruit, balanced oak, substantial tannins.

Merlot round table: primary plush black fruit, balanced oak, substantial tannins.

Nov 6th, 2014
Gordon Walker

Great body, nice structure, integrated tannins, good acid, notes of black fruit, cassis, leather, coconut

Great body, nice structure, integrated tannins, good acid, notes of black fruit, cassis, leather, coconut

May 28th, 2014