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Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Merlot 2011 Wine Review

Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Merlot 2011

Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Merlot 2011

California, United States

Community Score: 4.3/5

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $15.95

Drink: 2013-2016

Bottle size: 750 ml



 

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Sterling Vineyards

Agent: Diageo Canada Inc.

Product: 622837

Product: 643882

Natalie's Score: 89/100

A terrific Californian Merlot for the price point! Smooth, supple, full-bodied and mouth-filling with lusciously ripe flavours of black plum, cassis and blackberry. Just enough toasty oak to wrap up this package nicely. Pair with meat lovers' pizza.

Merlot food pairings: lamb, steak, stew.

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This was reviewed August 15, 2014 by

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Courtney Flood rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Light, straightforward merlot. Plum and cherry
Martha Kelly AIWS, CS rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

This ripe Merlot has supple tannins and refreshing acidity that carry the strawberry, plum, black berries, walnut, and baking spices through to a warming mid-length finish.
Enjoy today or cellar for 3 - 5 years.
Pair with charcuterie or rich pasta dishes.
Date tasted: August 2014.
Matt Steeves, Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

A lighter bodied style of Merlot. Not overly complex. Cherry, plum, vanilla. Present tannins. Pair with flank steak or BBQ'd burgers.
Tasted August 2014. 86 points. Matt Steeves - @QuercusVino
Melissa Pulvermacher WSET rated this wine as 83/100 with the following review:

Eucalyptus, spicy plum, red fruit and confectionary strawberry on the nose all following through to the palate. The fruit is very apparent when tasting this wine, but the oak also dominates the palate. I get more chocolate characteristics as well with medium acid, medium tannin and medium body. Not an overly complex wine with a little more heat than I'd like, but the simplicity is attractive for an everyday drinking wine. Would pair well with a grilled chicken or charcuterie. (Oct 2014)
Classic in style, our Merlot is rich, complex, fruit-forward and smooth.
We sourced our grapes from several estate vineyards located in the Central Coast.

The wine was barrel aged for 12 months, imparting caramel, mocha and toasty oak notes.

In 2011, the cool weather produced fruit with bright acidity and complex flavors.
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