1996 Sterling Vineyards Merlot
48 Ratings
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48 Ratings
1996 Sterling Vineyards Merlot

Winemaker's Notes

Inky deep ruby color. Dense spicy berry with sweet black cherry and hints of dried sage. Ripe, bright and juicy, with luscious floral berry notes, spicy cloves, vanilla, and soft velvetty tannins. This wine typifies Carneros Merlot with great varietal intensity due to the extended hang-time provided by the cool climate found in the region. Perhaps the most highly-concentrated vintage from this sight to date. - Rob Hunter, Winemaker

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Inky deep ruby color. Dense spicy berry with sweet black cherry and hints of dried sage. Ripe, bright and juicy, with luscious floral berry notes, spicy cloves, vanilla, and soft velvetty tannins. This wine typifies Carneros Merlot with great varietal intensity due to the extended hang-time provided by the cool climate found in the region. Perhaps the most highly-concentrated vintage from this sight to date. - Rob Hunter, Winemaker

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 1998 Vintage)
  • Wine Buyer
    (From 2005 Vintage) A dense, dark plum in color, the wine offers aromas of black cherry, raspberry, toasty oak, nutmeg, and cloves. Luscious flavors of blackberries, cherries, cocoa, cedar, and vanilla lead to a full, well-textured finish.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 1997 Vintage)