Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2020 750ml - Argonaut Wine & Liquor
Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2020 750ml
SKU: 26693

Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2020

  • js93
  • we92
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Category Red Wine
Origin California, Napa Valley
Brand Stags' Leap Winery
Alcohol/vol 14.3%
With freshness exhibiting its southern Napa origins, the 2020 Merlot exhibits expressive aromas and flavors, with notes of ripe black cherry, red currant, and black plum, commingling alongside spiced notes of cinnamon, clove, Madagascar vanilla, and caramel, a nod to the delicately interwoven oak aging. Lively, lifted chaparral notes of lavender, fresh mint, and sage, dance alongside the riper tones of blueberry preserves and bittersweet dark chocolate, while hints of anise and black tea add savory complexity. Creamy and round, with a backbone of fresh acidity. These elements salute the tannin profile which is polished and firm, adding richness and balance. This merlot finishes with depth and nuance, demonstrating the grace and finesse of this sumptuous Merlot.
James Suckling
  • js93

Lots of boysenberries and blackberries with hints of flowers. Red licorice. Flower petals, too. Full body and round, firm tannins. Beautiful finish. Finishes with black olives and berries

Wine Enthusiast
  • we92

Beautiful red and black fruits meld with dark chocolate and cinnamon accents in this well-oaked, nicely concentrated wine. A full body is backed by moderate tannins, giving it more structure and mouthfeel than a typical Merlot.

September 1, 2023
Wine Advocate
  • wa90

The untrendiness of Merlot is really reflected by this wine. With only one-third as many cases produced as the Cabernet Sauvignon and a higher proportion of new French oak (38% versus 27%), the 2020 Merlot sells for just two-thirds the price. Yet it's a solid effort, with classy hints of pencil shavings framing black cherry fruit. Juicy, fun and easy to drink, it's medium to full-bodied and velvety-textured, with ample length on the finish.

May 4, 2023
Wine Spectator
  • ws85

Dense and ungainly, with discreet currant, savory herb and espresso flavors that build toward hard tannins. Drink now through 2026. 14,741 cases made.

September 11, 2023

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