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Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Meritage Central Coast
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Wine Details

Varietal

Meritage

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2013 Vintage) A ‘whole greater than the sum of its parts,’ our Meritage is the result of the special synergy that is formed when everything comes together perfectly – in this case: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Layers of dark fruit, cassis, leather and rich earth weave together to create a complex and juicy wine. Ripe tannins and oak aging lend depth and texture, highlighted by vanilla and mocha spice. Balanced flavors and a long, lifted finish make this a perfect wine to enjoy with food. Pair with anything from herb-roasted chicken to grilled steaks and hearty pastas.

Winemaker's Notes

Lively, jammy nose with fresh cherry, red berry and explosive floral hints. Medium-bodied with moderate acidity and soft, supple tannin – good balance. Dark fruit core with loads of black cherry, blackberry jam and tarry, chocolate notes – very juicy. Moderate length with a smooth, simple, infinitely quaffable finish.

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    I will start by saying I was especially intrigued to try this due to it's varietal offering. It is composed of 52% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. With the largest percentage being Merlot, with at least a hint of Malbec, it should have been a slam dunk. I'm always excited to try something different in hopes that I will find a new favorite. Normally I would not pick up a Cabernet Sauvignon of any sort but thought maybe the combination would enhance the flavor making it likeable. What I found was that Cabernet Sauvignon is so overpowering the others didn't have a chance of saving the blend. It's described as having flavors of cherry, dark chocolate, black raspberry, and vanilla. I'm wondering if they tasted it before they wrote that. Dark chocolate, black raspberry, and vanilla are very distinct flavors and difficult to miss. If they are in there, there isn't enough to dominate the flavor of Cabernet Sauvignon. This won't be making it back in my cart. Until next time.....

    almost 2 years
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    Medium bodied, very dark in colour, black current and black cherry flavour. Slight tartness but pretty mellow overall. Nothing spectacular but I think it would be a decent table wine for folks that don't like dry wines.

    over 1 year
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    This one came from Paula Rohr. Its was rich and full but not too heavy at all. It was a really nice blend and definitely very drinkable. We love it! April 2015

    over 1 year
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    The cab is overpowering. Not a wine a would want to drink again.

    over 1 year
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    The blends are excellent. Always one of my favorite wines.

    almost 2 years
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    Full bodied, smooth, good flavors: chocolate, rich berries

    about 1 year
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    Caramel. Bitter notes. Pickles the tongue

    over 1 year
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    Full bodied, soft finish, bold flavors

    about 1 year
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    Nice blend, good start to finish

    over 1 year
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    yuck

    over 1 year
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    2012

    almost 2 years