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Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014

Member Review by SonzTwin1:

Wonderful elegant full-bodied wine even at the regular price - everything speaks of quality. At least a half star added for the deal they have on Costco right now after a $6 instant discount (off the Costco price, mind you) - $8.99! At Sterling's site, this is $28. At this price, it is cheaper than Costco's own case-discounted 2016 Vintner's Collection, and that one is not NEARLY as good as the Napa appelations. But you'd better hurry! (Just to manage your expectations/disappointment, I got mine at the Altamonte Springs, FL store - it may not be available where you are, or at that same price)

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Our iconic winery is perched high above the town of Calistoga on a mid-valley hill. Its stark architectural beauty, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, and panoramic views of Napa Valley from the rooftop deck have attracted visitors from all 50 states for over 30 years.

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Snooth User: SonzTwin1
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01/04/2018

Wonderful elegant full-bodied wine even at the regular price - everything speaks of quality. At least a half star added for the deal they have on Costco right now after a $6 instant discount (off the Costco price, mind you) - $8.99! At Sterling's site, this is $28. At this price, it is cheaper than Costco's own case-discounted 2016 Vintner's Collection, and that one is not NEARLY as good as the Napa appelations. But you'd better hurry! (Just to manage your expectations/disappointment, I got mine at the Altamonte Springs, FL store - it may not be available where you are, or at that same price)


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Source: We Speak Wine
02/05/2017

VINTAGE: 2014 was a wonderful vintage for the Napa Valley along the lines of the recent outstanding vintages of 2012 and 2013. Although California’s drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer temperatures remained mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. The overall outstanding quality and fruit characteristics in this vintage will make Bordeaux varietals, such as Merlot, the highlight of the season. Grapes for the 2014 Napa Valley Merlot were harvested between September 6th and October 9th. VINEYARDS: Sterling vineyards have been making Napa Valley Merlot for well over 50 years. This history and winemaking legacy in the valley gives the winery access to some of the finest vineyards in the region. For the 2014 Napa Valley Merlot the grapes come primarily from the Calistoga and Oak Knoll districts. The warm Calistoga region is known for imparting big, ripe tannins with dense fruit character. The Oak Knoll district—known as Napa Valley’s “sweet spot”—is a little cooler than Calistoga, and the Merlot fruit from here lends more red fruit characteristics and bright acidity, softening the overall blend. The combination of the two regions creates an elegant Merlot that reflects the beautiful nature of this varietal in the Napa Valley. WINEMAKING: Kept in separate small lots until the final blending process, the grapes for the Napa Valley Merlot were picked, quickly brought to the winery and placed in tanks for a two-day cold soak designed to extract color and flavor from the grapes. The juice was then fermented dry and the young wine was placed in American (56%), French (30%) and European (14%) oak barrels for 18 months. WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: The Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot is a vivid ruby-red color in the glass with aromas of blackberry fruit, plum and ripe black cherry. The appealing bouquet leads to a mouthcoating, rich palate where additional red and black fruit flavors mingle with notes of graphite and dried spice. The viscous mouthfeel of the wine is plush and the ripe tannins are refined and polished. The Napa Valley Merlot is well-balanced and elegant, offering true varietal characteristics and a sleek, flavorful finish. VINIFICATION: 18 MONTHS AMERICAN OAK, FRENCH OAK AND EUROPEAN OAK Alc: 14.5% TA: 5.6 g/L pH: 3.64



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