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Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2012

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The Sterling Team has been turning out solid Merlot for decades. And always at a very fair price. This elegant 2012 Napa Valley red offers great style and complexity with harmonious aromas of black cherry, berries, allspice and cola on the nose. On the palate, balanced flavors of red fruit, caramel, chocolate and oak with smooth, luxurious texture and a long finish.

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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Dry, very lightly spiced, easy drinking.....


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Source: We Speak Wine
07/31/2015

Tasting Notes: “Our Napa Valley Merlot really delivered in 2012,” says Winemaker Alison Crary- Rodriguez. “The return of warm weather and the long growing season allowed the fruit to develop complex aromas and flavors.” Dark brambly berries, ripe black cherry, violets and cinnamon pair up with vanilla, mocha and sweet oak. The intensity on the palate holds its weight and fullness through the long, smooth finish. “This is a Merlot that drinks like a Cab,” observes Alison. “The rich body and round, structured tannins will pair well with roasted meats.” Vineyard: For over fifty years, Sterling has been making Merlot in Napa Valley. This long history gives us access to some incredible vineyards that run the length of the valley from Oak Knoll in the south to Calistoga in the north. For this wine, we used a majority of estate vineyards, selected from various valley floor and hillside bench locations. The big structure and tannin profile comes from our Diamond Mountain and Oak Knoll sites. Calistoga makes up the remaining third, softening the blend and adding broad, dark fruit flavors and fleshy mouthfeel. Winemaking: This vintage, the vines did most the winemaking. Perfect conditions throughout the season allowed the fruit to develop slowly for complex flavors and structure. For the first time in many years, there was no pressure to pick and we were able to watch the grapes develop on the vine, harvesting each block as the fruit reached perfect ripeness. At the winery, we simply harnessed those flavors and translated them to the bottle. A two-day cold soak, followed by fermentation with frequent punch-downs, captured the complex aromas and flavors. We aged the wine for 10 months in oak to knit together the flavors and leave a kiss of spices. Vintage: Warm and dry, 2012 had ideal weather conditions that allowed the grapes to develop slowly over a long season. With no heat spikes and no rain, we were able to pick the fruit as each cluster reached perfect maturity. “There is a lovely freshness to the dark fruit that indicates the grapes were picked at the exact point of ripeness,” observes Alison. Varietal Composition: 80% Merlot 11% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Grenache 3% Petite Sirah 2% Syrah Barrel Aging: 40% French oak 50% American 10% Hungarian 27% new oak Alcohol: 14.9 % Acidity: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.58



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The Sterling Team has been turning out solid Merlot for decades. And always at a very fair price. This elegant 2012 Napa Valley red offers great style and complexity with harmonious aromas of black cherry, berries, allspice and cola on the nose. On the palate, balanced flavors of red fruit, caramel, chocolate and oak with smooth, luxurious texture and a long finish.

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