Stags’ Leap Merlot 2011

Stags Leap Napa Valley Merlot 2011Stags’ Leap Website, $33

Total Wine & More, $24.99

Aaron:  Our awesome friend Bill got this for us (Bill is far too generous!).  I should predicate this post with the statement of I don’t buy into the whole “it’s better if it’s more expensive” because I generally consider Stags’ Leap to be a higher end brand.  That said: WOW this was great!  Incredibly smooth and super enjoyable, the flavor will knock your socks of with mellow berries and just the right amount of oak to complement.  Thanks Bill!!  93 points

Teri: I love the dark cherry on the nose and the smooth undertones of oak from sip to finish. The fruit forward flavors of bing cherry and raspberry blend together nicely with a smooth medium finish. The wine is not too fruity but not too dry. This was a great choice from our friend Bill! 89 points