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Sterling Merlot Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Red 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Merlot is a benchmark varietal for Sterling and we take great pride in this wine. It was fermented in stainless steel tanks for about 9 days. Keeping the lots separate, we put the wine to barrel, some before malolactic fermentation and some after. After 12 months of aging in a combination of new and used barrels, the various lots were blended and bottled. Small amounts of the other Bordelaise varietals add a note of complexity to the finished wine. Bright ruby in color, this lovely wine offers aromas of ripe black cherries, raspberries and cedar. Luscious fruit flavors of blackberries and cherries accented by a touch of toasty oak lead to a long, silky finish. Enjoy this wine paired with grilled New York steak, roast lamb and aged cheeses. The smooth, silky tannins make it a good match for rich chocolate desserts as well.

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.

Member Reviews for Sterling Merlot Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Red

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03/20/2010

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External Reviews for Sterling Merlot Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Red

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Very complete, with ripe, well-centered plum, currant and black cherry flavors. Wonderful sense of balance and finesse, with fine, integrated tannins and pretty oaks shadings. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This least expensive of Sterling's latest Merlots stands up respectfully beside the winery's more expensive bottlings, which makes it a good buy. It's very dry, tannic and elegantly structured, with cherry and blackberry flavors enriched with sweet smoky oak.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Nicely focused and easy to sip, with bright plum and spicy oak aromas and fruit-forward black cherry, herb and sassafras flavors. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Dark red. Cherry, raspberry, licorice, mint and cedary, vanillin oak on the nose; became oakier in the glass. Supple and easygoing, with moderately intense red berry, spice cake and mint flavors. Nicely balanced Merlot, finishing with easy tannins and decent length.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Deep ruby color. Big, dense, jammy aromas of ripe plums and black cherry. Plush, elegant, full, ripe-fruit flavors framed with spicy oak and subtle youthful tannins. The wine is fleshy and full, with gobs of flavor.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Firm in structure, with tight, cedary currant, earth and cherry notes, turning dry. A style that will appeal to left-bank Bordeaux lovers Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Well-oaked, with cedary vanilla flavors adding dimension to the ripe cherry and currant-scented flavors, finishing with firm tannins. Drink now through 2008. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


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Merlot is a benchmark varietal for Sterling and we take great pride in this wine. It was fermented in stainless steel tanks for about 9 days. Keeping the lots separate, we put the wine to barrel, some before malolactic fermentation and some after. After 12 months of aging in a combination of new and used barrels, the various lots were blended and bottled. Small amounts of the other Bordelaise varietals add a note of complexity to the finished wine. Bright ruby in color, this lovely wine offers aromas of ripe black cherries, raspberries and cedar. Luscious fruit flavors of blackberries and cherries accented by a touch of toasty oak lead to a long, silky finish. Enjoy this wine paired with grilled New York steak, roast lamb and aged cheeses. The smooth, silky tannins make it a good match for rich chocolate desserts as well.

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