Sterling Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot

8.8244 ratings
9.010 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Daniel Iniguez

Carolyn gave me the bottle to drink. Her and Joleen didn't like it. It was pretty damn good.

Carolyn gave me the bottle to drink. Her and Joleen didn't like it. It was pretty damn good.

2 people found it helpfulMar 28th, 2016
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.4

Fantastic. Merlot was taken seriously in 1974 and it likely had a helping of Cabernet Sauvignon in the mix.

Fantastic. Merlot was taken seriously in 1974 and it likely had a helping of Cabernet Sauvignon in the mix.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 15th, 2016
Shane O'Neil

Had a mispairing of this wine with rosemary chicken. It's good. Needs a much better pairing like a prime rib or red meat for certain. Chicken was awesome however.

Had a mispairing of this wine with rosemary chicken. It's good. Needs a much better pairing like a prime rib or red meat for certain. Chicken was awesome however.

1 person found it helpfulSep 20th, 2015
David Newland

It's a steal for a Napa Cab in a steakhouse. Nice cherry on the nose. Soft tannins with nice finish. Like it!

It's a steal for a Napa Cab in a steakhouse. Nice cherry on the nose. Soft tannins with nice finish. Like it!

1 person found it helpfulSep 13th, 2015
Bill Ryan

My and I liked it very much. Dry and a good wine with chicken and pasta. I recommend it

My and I liked it very much. Dry and a good wine with chicken and pasta. I recommend it

1 person found it helpfulFeb 19th, 2015
Michael McConnell

Very full and smooth, light acid and a hint of blackberry.

Very full and smooth, light acid and a hint of blackberry.

1 person found it helpfulDec 13th, 2014
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

8.9

Boasting notes of pepper, red fruit, vanilla and some cocoa/dark chocolate. Flavor profile and medium body reminiscent of Chilean terroir. A nice surprise for both Sterling and the Merlot varietal in general.

Boasting notes of pepper, red fruit, vanilla and some cocoa/dark chocolate. Flavor profile and medium body reminiscent of Chilean terroir. A nice surprise for both Sterling and the Merlot varietal in general.

Jan 7th, 2017
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.3

1974 regular Napa Cab. Soft, delicate subtle spice. With baked dark stone fruit with black licorice in the background. Lovely wine. Great projection.

1974 regular Napa Cab. Soft, delicate subtle spice. With baked dark stone fruit with black licorice in the background. Lovely wine. Great projection.

Aug 18th, 2015
Brent S

Nothing to write home (or here) about.

Nothing to write home (or here) about.

Apr 18th, 2015
Ian Brand

10 points just for being alive, but not a transcendent bottle.

10 points just for being alive, but not a transcendent bottle.

Feb 23rd, 2015