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Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

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 & Spirits
    (1997 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (1997 Vintage)
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (1998 Vintage)
  • Wine Buyer
    (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.