(From 2012 Vintage) From intimate terrace dinners to after-work aperitifs, Sterling Vineyards shines anywhere. Our Sterling Vintner's Collection offers distinctive, hand-crafted varietal wines to be enjoyed every day. Many of our grapes come from our Paris Valley Ranch Vineyard near Monterey Bay, where the warm sun is tempered by cool coastal breezes and fog, extending the growing season for optimum varietal character and balance. This region's diverse climate and soils offer each grape variety the precise conditions it loves best. Winemaker Joe Kid produces Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Zinfandel, crafting each wine to pair deliciously with a wide range of cuisines.
The 2000 Sterling Vintner’s Collection Merlot holds a deep garnet color and concentrated aromas of ripe plums, black cherries and lightly toasted oak expressing the wine’s depth. Equally concentrated flavors of red jam, dark chocolate and vanilla are highlighted with subtle oak and light mint notes adding to the complexity. The finish offers smooth tannins and texture allowing this Merlot to pair well with meat, most seafood, and cheese.