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

Merlot Merlot
California, Usa

$16.00 (622837)

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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.

88 pts
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Critic Reviews (3)

Steve Thurlow
Steve Thurlow

A vibrant juicy merlot with very subtle oak treatment that's a step up from the 2007. It is fresh and pure with...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

A juicy and exuberant merlot at an accessible price. Very good depth of flavour with appealing aromas, concentrated...

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Treve Ring
Treve Ring

Shocked? Yup – a more than decent Cali Merlot for $15. I know! What less could you expect however from a pioneering...

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Community Reviews (10)

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.

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mike brown
mike brown

nov12

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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.

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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.

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Blair WineLover
Blair WineLover

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.

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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.

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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.

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Stephan W
Stephan W

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

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Steven Vezina
Steven Vezina

Full body with good aroma of blackberries
I really enjoyed

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