Sterling Napa Pinot Noir 2011
From a legendary growing region, our 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir offers a dark red fruit profile graced with toasty oak complexity. Black cherry and rich toffee aromas open the nose, followed by a brambly berry flavors. The sweet scent of forest floor and rich cherry cobbler weave through the smooth and supple palate. The finish is long and satisfying, with a spicy fruit intensity that extends toward a rewarding finale. Roasted duck and other game meats will pair well with the inviting personality of this Pinot Noir.
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.
For a Pinot Noir, this medium bodied wine enjoys an alluring ruby color with crisp clarity. A cliche and timeless “red wine” red, it’s a table top eye pleaser, agreeable to the eyes before it ever reaches the palate. I must say I did not grasp the full depth of flavor nuances listed on the back of the bottle. I noted raspberry and cherry mingled in with earthy undertones, but overall I found myself repeatedly trying to ascertain the many flavors and aromas that unraveled with every sniff and sip. To me, while decidedly “berry”, this wine had overlapping and complex flavors. With a smooth taste and a great finish, my dad commented that he would love to pair the wine with pork or fish, and my husband observed it’s a great “conversation” wine.. you know, the bottle you pop open when you have a bunch of friends sitting around needing a beautiful stand alone wine to swirl in giant Bordeaux glasses and sip on through the evening. (And here we are back to me loving the “look” and color of the wine, haha.) Overall, it’s a great wine. I wouldn’t urge you to bend over backwards to order a case, however, if you see this wine in your local grocery or liquor store, don’t pass it up!
External Reviews for Sterling Napa Pinot Noir
Black cherry and rich toffee aromas open the nose, followed by brambly berry flavors. The sweet scent of forest floor and rich cherry cobbler weave through the smooth and supple palate.