Welcome Back!Sign in here:

   Reset Password

Not Registered?Still need to become one of our thirsty clan 162493 strong?

Now's your chance!

Register Today!

Want the best wine for your buck?

212,119Wine Reviews
162,493Members
30Seconds to join
Ad

Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Pinot Noir 2012 Wine Review

Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Pinot Noir 2012

Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Pinot Noir 2012

Napa Valley, California, United States

Community Score: 4.4/5

Community Reviews: 10

  Add My Review


Price: $15.95

Drink: 2014-2017

Bottle size: 750 ml



 

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Sterling Vineyards

Agent: Diageo Canada Inc.

Product: 226571

Product: 162

More Vintages: 2010   Add New Vintage

Natalie's Score: 89/100

Lovely cherry-berry aromas on the nose with a supple, smooth, medium-bodied texture on the palate. This is an incredibly great price for Napa Valley pinot noir. Medium-bodied and delicious.

Charming Grilled Chicken Wine

This was reviewed August 15, 2014 by

More Wine Reviews and Ratings

Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Up front aromas on black and white pepper, cherry, and herbs. Quite old-world in nature. The palate presents a bit more fruit, and a nice, silky mouth-feel. An exceptional wine for the price.
Courtney Flood rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Cherry, raspberry, and wet leaves. Beautiful herbal palate with sweet berries.
Martha Kelly AIWS, CS rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Pale ruby in colour, with soft tannins and refreshing acidity. This wine's subtle palate has flavours of cranberry, cherry, beet root, raspberry, with earthy complexity.
A great wine to sip on it's own or pair with smoked salmon.
Drink now, or keep up to 18 months.
Date tasted: August 2014.
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Sour cherry candy on the nose with cherry, raspberry, vanilla and herb flavors. A very nice pinot that will pair well with many dishes.
Darlene Myers CAPS Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

In my opinion, Pinot Noir is just about one of the food friendliest wines you can buy, and this is a great one at a very good price. Tart cherry flavors with strawberries, pepper and spice make for a very pleasant medium-bodied wine. I make a Maple Dijon chicken dish that I love serving with Pinot Noir.
Matt Steeves, Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Tart cherry, vanilla, black pepper, and sweet spice aromas on the nose of this complex and value priced Pinot Noir. For the price you can't go wrong. Medium bodied, this is a very versatile red that would complement fish, chicken, or beef dishes. Have a case on hand for those large gatherings throughout the year. Highly recommended.
Tasted August 2014. Matt Steeves - @QuercusVino
Jennifer Macdonald rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Deep ruby colour. Subtle oak on the nose, with more strawberry, sour cherry and a bit of peppery spice. Similar flavours on the palate. Light to medium body.
Sean O'Regan Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

August 17, 2014: Showing ruby in the glass with nose of cherry/berry, hint of barnyard, vanillan and baking spice. Medium bodied, with cherry, raspberry and some dried herb. Nice balance of acidity and tannins but showing a little heat. Nice choice for goat cheese on grilled beets with a balsamic reduction drizzle.
Tom Vigeant reviewed this wine as follows:

Earthy and ripe red berry aromas and flavours. Supple tannins. Light to medium body, moderate oaking. Pleasant new world pinot noir.
Made from 100 percent Pinot Noir, the wine show bright varietal character.

We sourced our fruit from cool coastal vineyards, selected for their affinity to the varietal.

French oak imparted gentle vanilla and spice notes.
The long growing season of 2012 produced complex fruit with great flavors.
Ad

FEEL LOST IN THE

STORE?

Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

NEED A GREAT HOLIDAY

WINE GIFT?

Give a gift subscription to my wine reviews for a friend. One size fits all tastes.

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 162,493 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times

GOT A SMARTPHONE?

Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.

GET NAT'S APP

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award