Sunday, December 4, 2011

Stag's Leap Cellars Napa Valley 2006 Merlot

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley 2006 Merlot, $31.12-$43.99, 90 points, is as my son describes: "A Mercedes Benz, no matter the age and no matter the model, it is still a Mercedes Benz." A well built car is so much like a well built wine, and to not see wine as constructed, is to miss just how difficult it is to make a very good wine.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley 2006 Merlot is a balance of a sexy perfume (I usually don't like), silky blend of black olive, plum, strawberry, allspice, truffle, and the kitchen-sink. 
The aroma begins strongly floral, but tones down, as it does on your palate, with some air. 
The color is deep-dark ruby-red with purple tones.
The texture is a silky smooth, medium to full bodied, and the finish has a bit of spice to add complexity.
As I've said, I don't usually like powerful floral flavors, but this wine somehow is able give those floral flavors meaning in the context of its Gestalt without over whelming the wine.
As for advocacy, this is an expensive and not an everyday wine, but lots of us know people who drink mostly Merlot, and you may want to give a special gift; this is a special gift.


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