Hestan Stephanie Merlot 2014

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Vintage: 2014
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In the heart of Napa Valley, Hestan Vineyards has crafted a masterpiece in the form of the Hestan Stephanie Merlot 2014, a wine that embodies the essence of luxury and craftsmanship. Guided by the skilled hands of winemaker Jeff Gaffner, this vintage is a testament to the artistry and dedication that defines Hestan Wines.

Pouring into the glass, the Hestan ‘Stephanie’ Merlot 2014 presents a mesmerizing dark red hue, reminiscent of the rich, fertile soils from which the grapes were nurtured. The intensity of the color foreshadows the depth and complexity that awaits the discerning palate.

Upon the first swirl, the nose is greeted by an enchanting medley of dark red fruits, cedar, and brown spice. The aromatic profile further unfolds with the subtleties of leather, creating a symphony of scents that dance in harmony. Intriguingly, floral notes and the essence of bottle brush add layers of sophistication, making this Merlot a sensory journey in itself.

With a sip, the palate is embraced by the sheer opulence of this wine. The 2014 ‘Stephanie’ Merlot is marked by an exceptional complexity that sets it apart. The dark red fruit notes persist, joined by an elegant interplay of sweet vanilla oak. The mouthfeel is nothing short of remarkable, a testament to the meticulous winemaking process. This wine showcases a lengthy finish that lingers, leaving behind a trail of indulgence.

Renowned wine critics have praised its complexity, with notes of cedar, brown spice, and leather creating a sensory experience that is unparalleled. The floral and bottle brush elements have been lauded for their contribution to the wine’s overall elegance. One can truly appreciate the meticulous blend crafted by Jeff Gaffner, where 26% Pet Verdot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 17% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc have come together in perfect harmony. The 28 months spent in French oak, with 50% new oak, further contribute to the wine’s depth and character. This limited-edition release, bottled on February 13, 2017, at 14.7% alcohol, has only 632 cases in existence, making it a rare and highly sought-after gem.

In the world of Hestan Wines, the ‘Stephanie’ Merlot 2014 stands tall, a testament to the commitment to excellence that defines the vineyards. With every sip, one can savor the culmination of years of expertise, the terroir of Hestan, and the artistic vision of Jeff Gaffner. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of fine wines, the Hestan ‘Stephanie’ Merlot 2014 promises an experience that transcends expectations, making it a standout in the illustrious portfolio of Hestan Vineyards.




Weight 3.5 lbs


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Winemaker of Hestan Stephanie Merlot 2014

Jeff Gaffner

Jeff Gaffner

Jeff Gaffner, renowned for his exquisite winemaking finesse, embarked on his illustrious journey at Chateau St. Jean under the tutelage of the esteemed Richard Arrowood. His remarkable contribution to the production of the award-winning 1996 Cinq Cepages, crowned as Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator Magazine, set the stage for his stellar career. With a profound understanding of vineyard intricacies and a deft hand in the cellar, Gaffner has garnered critical acclaim for his masterful craft, characterized by its site-specific expression and an unmistakable touch of elegance. In 2004, he was handpicked to spearhead the launch of Stephanie, the winery's exquisite line of Bordeaux-style blends, further solidifying his position as a maestro in the world of winemaking.
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