|Chase Creek Merlot 2006|
It was in 2004 that Stag's Leap Wine Cellars decided to give back to the land in which blessed their winery, and did so at a nearby location, Chase Creek. During the restoration of that land, the winery purchased some land for future vineyards. They grew both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at this location, and since then they have begun releasing these to members of their wine clubs. For this review, I am reviewing their Merlot harvested in 2006, and as per their recommendations this wine was to be drunk between 2011 and 2016. Well, as you can see I could not wait any longer and so here I am in 2012 reviewing the wine. Merlot is not my preferred varietal, but there are times when I find a great Merlot that appeals to me, and when it does I typically love it. Anyways, on to the wine!
Very powerful, this wine is perfect after a big meal, and during, and would go great with a nice strong cigar. I would most likely pair it with a Nicaraguan puro similar to an Oliva Serie V or an Joya de Nicaragua. It shows those true Merlot flavors, and is an incredible Merlot. I am not a huge Merlot fan, but as a wine this is fantastic. I knew from the first sip what type of cigar to pair it with, and that is why I grabbed a Serie V. Both are flavorful, strong and dry on the finish. I give this wine a 91, and it shows those great qualities in making that you get with wines from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, and it is a stellar Napa Merlot.
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