A sublime Merlot from the prestigious vineyards of California's Napa Valley, where ideal climate and soil conditions, combined with refined growing and cellaring techniques, allow for consistent high quality treatment of grape varietals. Harvested from the highly regarded Stag's Leap District on the valley's east bench, this Merlot is dry and medium bodied with a soft, supple fruity palate of plums and red berries. Its characteristic spicy aroma, accentuated with light warm oak, foreshadows the rich, round, smooth and mouth-filling flavour experience, finishing with lengthy elegance. A must-try for Merlot lovers everywhere.Gold Award*
I just drank the first bottle of this last week after 1 year bulk aging and 2 months in the bottle. This makes a great wine. The medium toast French oak cubes that I used imparted a bit more vanilla flavor than I would have liked but that was my own fault, not the kits. The finished product has a deep full color. At a year old it still needs some more aging. I will update this review as the wine ages.
Would you recommend for a 1st kit?
Added currants and french oak cubes instead of the oak that came with the kit.
great quality wine if you have the patience
could use better oak
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Re:WinExpert - Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot Mar 08 2009 19:23:04
Just opened a bottle of this after a year of bulk aging and 3 months in the bottle. It came out fantastic. I used some Stavin French oak cubes in this and over did it just a bit so the vanilla is a bit strong but really mellows out nicely after an hour or so decanting.
Re:WinExpert - Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot Mar 09 2009 07:20:33
I also aged mine in a carboy but for four months and its been bottled for an
additional six. Since I only have one barrel (for now), I put a dark t-shirt over
the carboy to keep a steady tempurature and zero light. I think that helps
as the A/C does bounce off the walls creating to much temp flucture. Very
nice wine I must say.
What receptacle did you use to age your Merlot in?