The 2017 Stags' Leap Napa Valley Merlot is crafted from select vineyards across Napa Valley, reflecting the region's diverse microclimates and soil types. This Merlot is a delightful testament to Stags' Leap's commitment to producing wines of exceptional quality and character.
In the glass, this Merlot presents a captivating deep ruby hue, signaling the intense flavors held within. The nose reveals a complex bouquet of dark cherry, black plum, cocoa, olive, and a refreshing hint of mint.
On the palate, this Merlot unveils a rich tapestry of flavors. Picture tasting layers of ripe black cherry pie, intermingled with notes of vanilla, cocoa, and subtle hints of floral and clove. It's full-bodied and robust, offering a harmonious balance of fruit, tannin, and acidity.
Savory notes of lavender, bay laurel, mint, and thyme add a unique twist, dancing alongside succulent tones of cherry kirsch and bittersweet chocolate. Hints of anise add a dash of intrigue, making each sip a memorable experience.
This wine is an excellent companion to a variety of dishes. Pair it with a juicy grilled steak, roast lamb, or even a hearty mushroom risotto. Its robust flavors complement the intensity of these dishes, creating a harmonious dining experience.