Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
|Brand||Stags' Leap Winery|
This expressive Merlot showcases the varietal's ability to excel in Napa Valley with its generous, juicy fruit flavors, intriguing tobacco spice notes and polished structure. It's incredibly pleasurable and complex with black cherry and strawberry with notes of caramel and cinnamon that persist through the long finish. The wine has depth and nuance with smooth tannins and a lush, lovely texture. 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.