Sterling Merlot Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Red 2005
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.
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.
External Reviews for Sterling Merlot Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Red
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.
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.
Estate-grown grapes from California's Napa Valley are aged in small oak barrels, resulting in a wine laden with black cherry and currant nuances and hints of tobacco overlaying velvety tannins.
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.
Quite tannic, but that can't stop the layers of licorice, blackberry, herb and mint that blend nicely through the moderate finish. Needs some time to settle down and soften up; best from 2001 through 2005.
Pleasantly supple and balanced, with ripe, approachable black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that has a slight candied edge. Moderate tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2005.
Soft and easy, with berry, plum, tobacco and sage flavors and supple tannins. Acidity is low. This is a dry, pleasant wine of no special complexity, but fun to drink.