Napa Valley Merlot
Sterling Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s premier winery destinations, offers an array of distinct and beautifully crafted wines from its home appellation. The Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley wines show the depth, strength and incredible quality representative of California’s most famous wine region. The grapes for Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley wines are grown in 14 diverse and premium vineyards throughout the valley—from the cool southern Carneros region to the warm and rugged northernmost reaches of the valley near Calistoga. These incredible vineyards give Winemaker Harry Hansen some of the best Napa Valley fruit to select from and craft these unique, intensely flavored and expressive wines.
Sterling has been making Napa Valley Merlot for more than five decades. This history and winemaking legacy the winery access to some of the finest vineyards in Napa. For the 2015 Napa Valley Merlot the grapes come primarily from the Calistoga, Oak Knoll and Diamond Mountain districts. The warm Calistoga region is known for imparting dusty tannins with expressive red fruit character. The Oak Knoll district is a little cooler than Calistoga, and Merlot fruit from here lends more plush red fruit characteristics and bright acidity with rich deep color, softening the overall blend. The combination of these regions creates an elegant Merlot that reflects the beautiful nature of this varietal in the Napa Valley. Fruit for the 2015 vintage was harvested between September 10 and October 3, 2015.
A vivid ruby-red color in the glass with aromas of blackberry fruit, plum and ripe black cherry. The appealing bouquet leads to a mouth coating, 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.