2016 Merlot Stags Leap District
Consider the role of an award-winning supporting actor or actress in a movie or play. Their role, although considered secondary, is often critical to the development and presence of the star of the show. Such is the relationship of Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon. So often in blends Merlot sits in the background with its soft-spoken round voice and allows Cabernet Sauvignon to shine while it soften its edges and makes it complete.
At Chimney Rock, occasionally we choose to give Merlot a starring role. In 2016 Merlot made a dramatic appearance in our vineyards. It showed great density and power and clamored for a show of its own. Join us in a standing ovation for this rising star.
Color: Deep red with intense purple hue
Aroma: Aromas of black cherry pie, vanilla, cocoa with hints of floral and clove
Flavor: This full-bodied beauty shows the roundness which is typical of Merlot yet demonstrates some power on the palate. It finishes with velvety tannins and a beautiful acidity.