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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Stags' Leap Merlot
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16¾/20

Stags' Leap Merlot 2013

Napa Valley, California, United StatesWhen everything is perfect in California you can get merlot like this, but it is rare. Rich, savoury and structured, it draws you into the glass with quiet confidence and floral, mineral notes. Plum and raspberry mark the nose, mixed with dried herbs, cedar and a wisp of oak before fairly substantial, dense, tannins fill in the back end. More St. Emilion than Napa, this will need five years of cellar time to reach its zenith. A great demonstration of the power and the finesse of the 2013 vintage.Tasted: 14 June 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: ON 40.00 LCBO AB 42.00 fine wine shops BC 50.00 specialty listing MB 45.00 Manitoba's Liquor Marts Online Producer: Stags' Leap WineryUPC: 089819044412