Sterling Napa Valley Merlot 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
This Napa Valley Merlot is a vivid ruby-red color in the glass with aromas of blackberry fruit, stone fruits like plum and black cherry. The inviting bouquet leads to a mouthcoating, rich palate where additional red and black fruit flavors intertwine with notes of dried spice. The mouthfeel is plush, and the ripe tannins are refined and polished. Well-balanced and elegant, this Merlot offers true varietal characteristics with a sleek, flavorful finish.
Matured in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak (30% new), the 2019 Heritage Collection Merlot offers up aromas of black cherries, brown sugar and leather. Sourced primarily from Calistoga, with contributions from Oakville and Howell Mountain, it's medium to full-bodied, soft and supple, with gentle, cocoa-powder tannins on the finish.
Lean in style, with firm tannins that compete with appealing black currant, cherry and pencil lead accents. Drink now through 2027.