Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2011

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Inviting and immediately enjoyable this Merlot welcomes the nose with bright cherry blackberry and vanilla aromas counterbalanced with subtle cherry-cola notes. On the palate mouth filling cherry-b

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Sterling Vineyards:
Our iconic winery is perched high above the town of Calistoga on a mid-valley hill. Its stark architectural beauty, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, and panoramic views of Napa Valley from the rooftop deck have attracted visitors from all 50 states for over 30 years.
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External Reviews for Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Inviting and immediately enjoyable, this Merlot welcomes the nose with bright cherry, blackberry and vanilla aromas counterbalanced with subtle cherry-cola notes. On the palate, mouth filling cherry-b


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Our Sterling Vineyards Reserve Merlot exhibits intense black cherry, raspberry, clove, and toasty oak characters from our finest vineyards throughout Napa Valley, including Winery Lake Vineyard and Be


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
01/29/2010

Inviting and immediately enjoyable, this Merlot welcomes the nose with bright cherry, blackberry and vanilla aromas counterbalanced with subtle cherry-cola notes. On the palate, mouth filling cherry-berry tannins fold together with rich flavors of blackberry pie and juicy plum to offer a nice, rounded mouthfeel and a long finish. The generosity of this wine pairs well with a variety of dishes from slightly spicy Mexican food to good ol? home-cooked chicken pot pie.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/17/2014

With elegance and grace, our 2011 Napa Valley Merlot epitomizes the style and complexity of this renowned wine region. A harmonious blend of black cherry, berries, allspice and cola lead the nose. Smooth and luxurious, the palate continues with a balanced blend of red fruits and well-integrated oak notes, rounding out the flavors with decadent caramel and cocoa top notes. Satisfying and complete, this wine is perfect served on its own or with a variety of bold, flavorful dishes. - Winery Varietal Composition: 76% Merlot 11% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Syrah 3% Malbec 5% other varietals (incl. Cabernet Franc and Petit Sirah) Barrel Aging: 12 to 14 months Alcohol: 13.9% Acidity: 5.5 g/L pH: 3.70


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/14/2014

With elegance and grace, our 2011 Napa Valley Merlot epitomizes the style and complexity of this renowned wine region. A harmonious blend of black cherry, berries, allspice and cola lead the nose. Smooth and luxurious, the palate continues with a balanced blend of red fruits and well-integrated oak notes, rounding out the flavors with decadent caramel and cocoa top notes. Satisfying and complete, this wine is perfect served on its own or with a variety of bold, flavorful dishes. - WineryVarietal Composition:76% Merlot11% Cabernet Sauvignon5% Syrah3% Malbec5% other varietals (incl. Cabernet Franc and Petit Sirah)Barrel Aging: 12 to 14 monthsAlcohol: 13.9%Acidity: 5.5 g/LpH: 3.70


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
11/22/2014

The Sterling Napa Merlot celebrates this varietal with a vibrant, juicy core of red fruit; generous, youthful texture and a balanced spice profile. Following the deep purple hue, aromas of fresh cranberry and black cherry take the stage, complemented by cedar, spicy-floral and dried-herb notes. A great burst of flavor opens the palate, as deep red fruits interweave with cola across a smooth, weighted middle. Oak is the grounding force in the wine, holding it together and adding a toasty richness to the bright fruit profile. The finale is three parts, beginning with toasty clove and vanilla, followed by a burst of cherry compote and finishing with the lingering memory of wood spices.



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Inviting and immediately enjoyable this Merlot welcomes the nose with bright cherry blackberry and vanilla aromas counterbalanced with subtle cherry-cola notes. On the palate mouth filling cherry-b

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