Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2020
|California, Napa Valley
|Stags' Leap Winery
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.
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.
Dense and ungainly, with discreet currant, savory herb and espresso flavors that build toward hard tannins. Drink now through 2026. 14,741 cases made.