Sterling Vintner's Meritage 2009
Our Meritage is a blend of five varietals, layered together in a wine that is engaging, fruit forward and complex. Aromas of bright red cherries, plums and berry pie leap from the glass, gently rounded by a kiss of sweet caramel and vanilla. The juicy fruit continues through the palate with full-bodied flavors and ripe, round tannins. Mocha and chocolate notes lend subtle nuances to the lively cherry-berry flavors that span the length of the palate and into the long finish. This wine will evolve in complexity as the multiple varietals produce tertiary aromas and flavors. Pair this generous, fruit-driven wine with roasted meat dishes, barbecued foods or pasta.
External Reviews for Sterling Vintner's Meritage
A blend of four varietals, the 2009 Meritage combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in a layered and complex wine. The intensity of fruit begins on the nose, with vivid cherry, plum and berry aromas. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominate the palate, providing a full-bodied backbone of juicy, concentrated fruit, cedar spices and sturdy tannins. Petit Verdot and Malbec lend depth with supporting red-fruit and spice flavors, joined by sweet mocha and vanilla notes from the oak aging.