Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot 2009, Central Coast, California

Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot 2009, Central Coast, California Bottle

Merlot Merlot
California, USA

$15.95 (622837)

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  • 4.34.3

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Deep ruby colour; ripe blackberry fruit aromas; medium-full bodied with supple fruit and integrated tannins. Well balanced. Ample fruit throughout

Serving Suggestion
Pepper steak, pork roast or grilled meats.

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Stephan Warywoda
Stephan Warywoda

Nice wine but not much complexity and average length. Tasted February 2013.

4.24.2
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Blair Dowden
Blair Dowden

This is a rather pleasant, easy drinking wine. While reasonably smooth, it does not have enough complexity or length to rate it a 90. But it is a decent value for the price.

4.44.4
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Francois Botha
Francois Botha

Mint, cherries, and dark chocolate on the nose. There is plenty of fruit on the palate but the tannins is still a bit harsh.

4.44.4
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Adam
Adam

Quite a nice nose of dark fruit, chocolate and floral notes. The palate is smooth, fruit forward with some spice and a hint of sweetness but it lacks depth and power and so the flavours ultimately seem dilute. Not bad for the price, but there are better bargains out there.

4.34.3
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Fresh, lively fruit dominated by black cherry and strawberry with nicely floral notes. Light tannins, but lacks complexity. Less body, oak and sweetness than a typical California Merlot.

4.34.3
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Steven Vezina
Steven Vezina

Full body with good aroma of blackberries
I really enjoyed

4.14.1
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Tony  G
Tony G

had with a lamb meatloaf, a great pairing. Roast beef or lamb would also work nicely. Decant 1hr - very nice.

4.54.5
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mike brown
mike brown

nov12

4.54.5
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David Colussi
David Colussi

Sterling Vintner’s Merlot 2009 ($15.95; score 90)

Based in Napa, Sterling was founded in 1964 by Englishman Peter Newton, a former Financial Times writer. It carved out a reputation for merlot, and this relatively affordable red is part of a product line that sources fruit from vineyards to the south, between Monterey and Paso Robles. It’s full-bodied and chewy, with firm structure offering flavours of blackberry, chocolate and vanilla. It would be a sterling choice for roast beef or lamb. $14.99 in B.C., $15.75 in Sask., $14.99 in N.S., $15.49 in Nfld., $16.49 in P.E.I.

4.54.5
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