Loire Valley Reds
Pinot Gris / Grigio / Blanc
Gamay / Beaujolais
Syrah / Shiraz
Rhone varietals / Rhone
Oregon & Washington
Amarone / Valpolicella
Italian Red - Other
Sangiovese / Tuscany
Chile & Argentina
Champagne & Sparkling Wine
Dessert Wine & Port
2016 Stags Leap Winery Merlot Napa
With freshness emphasizing its southern Napa origins, the 2016 Merlot is a combination of juicy black cherry, macerated strawberries, fig, vanilla and cherry cola. There are also delicate light floral rose petal, cocoa powder, forest floor and sweet baking spice notes, imparted from the oak ageing. The palate is generous and dense with mouth pleasing fruit flavors, polished structure, refreshing acidity, and plush tannins, leading to a lengthy finish, exhibiting a well-balanced wine that shows the true elegance of Merlot. Our Napa Valley Merlot is crafted with grapes from vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley. Fruit from Oak Knoll makes up the majority of the blend, with the remaining fruit sourced from Carneros and the south part of the Oakville appellation. Merlot can lose its varietal identity when exposed to too much heat, but the fruit from these select southerly vineyards exhibit varietal expressions of fresh fruit character, structure, and bright acidity. The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing a Merlot with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.
List Price: $36.00
Quantity in Stock: 8add to cart continue shopping
Your shopping cart is empty!
Wine Watch Events
Aubert California Cult Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Wine Tasting
Thu, Jan 21, 2021
"Drinking wine is just a part of life, like eating food." - Francis Ford Coppola And we have to drink ...
Chateau Latour Vertical Tasting back to 1937 with Special Guest Dr. Robert Maliner
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age. Colin Powell Whenever I get a great ...
1971 Vintage Red Burgundy Tasting - A study of 50 year-olds!
Sat, Jan 23, 2021
Water Separates the people of the world. Wine unites them. That’s why we drink a lot of wine!&nbs...
Virtual Wine Tasting featuring Los Vascos and Caro with General Manager Philippe Rolet
Wed, Jan 27, 2021
“There is truth in wine, but you never see it listed in the ingredients on the label” ― Jo...
Peter Michael Wine Tasting
Thu, Jan 28, 2021
What is better than to sit at the end of a day and drink wine with friends, or substitute for friends. -Ja...
Vintage Madeira Wine Tasting back to 1846 vintage with Special Guest Dr. Robert Maliner
Fri, Jan 29, 2021
"Wino Forever" Johnny Depp (The tattoo once read 'Winona Forever'!) I know forever seems l...
Vintage Port Tasting back to the 1960 vintage with Special Guest Dr. Robert Maliner
Sat, Jan 30, 2021
"I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to age." - Steven Wright ...
Domaine Nicole Lamarche 2018 Burgundy Tasting
Thu, Feb 4, 2021
Domaine Nicole Lamarche 2018 Burgundy Tasting | Thursday, February 4th 2021 7:30pm 2018 Domaine Nico...
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Tasting back to 1893 with Special Guest Dr. Robert Maliner
Fri, Feb 5, 2021
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Tasting back to 1893 with Special Guest Dr. Robert Maliner 1893 Chateau Lafite...
Ultimate Vintage Champagne Tasting
Sat, Feb 6, 2021
1975 Bollinger RD Brut Champagne 1985 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne 1988 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne ...