2018 Blacksmith Stag’s Leap District Merlot

2018 Blacksmith Stag’s Leap District Merlot

¥5,390 (incl. tax)

With the prices of Napa Valley wine trending ever higher, it’s up to small craft producers like Matt Smith (who happens to have great relationships with growers in the best places) to deliver a Stags Leap Merlot that the rest of us can afford. In 2018, Stags Leap as well as the greater Napa Valley enjoyed an ideal growing season, followed by a long, slow-paced harvest. The wine is velvety rich with fragrances of violets, lavender and black cherry. 5% Cabernet Sauvignon was added to add depth and extend the finish. 


Winery Description

Blacksmith Cellars is a 1,500 case winery that rests upon the vision, dedication and hard work of one man, Matt Smith. Passionate about both the science and art of wine, he approaches his craft in ways that seem simultaneously systematic and inspired. He makes his wines in a warehouse located on the grounds of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda - across the bay from San Francisco. Because he doesn’t own a patch of vineyard, he’ll make wine from whatever comes through his network of growers - or even the spot market. As a result, he’s sourced grapes from Mendocino, Alexander Valley, Oakville, Stags’ Leap, Lodi, and Monterey and has worked with a range of varieties - from the well-known (Cabernet, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache) to the underrated  (Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc) to the obscure (Torrontes, Malvasia Blanca, Verdelho).

Originally from Virginia, Smith was studying Chemistry at Sonoma State University in the early 19990s when he was hit by the winemaking bug. A stint at Beaulieu Vineyards was followed by an enology degree at Fresno State and then being hired as assistant winemaker to Sam Dashe, a fellow “urban winemaker” who became an important mentor. Smith struck out on his own in 2004 with an Alexander Valley Cabernet. With that first wine, Sam established his method of doing all the jobs himself: tending the vines, picking, sorting, crushing, pressing, punching down, blending and bottling. From the start, Blacksmith Cellars has received critical accolades and plenty of fans, but the need to maintain control of his process and vision has restrained any temptation to grow the winery to beyond what Smith can do solo. Happily for us, he has also resisted the temptation to raise prices. From Blacksmith Cellars we can get an artisan product - delicious, well-made wine from top appellations at an affordable price.


About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Winery Blacksmith
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.7 x 30.4
Case Size 31.5 x 24.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 15.0%
Product Code BS18NM
UPC 891269000586

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Complex aromas of ripe plum, blueberries, black cherries, mocha, cloves pepper, and licorice is followed by a soft palate of black olives and cassis, structured by firm tannins and refreshing acidity. 



The wine aged 19 months in French oak.

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