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2019 Sterling Vineyards Platinum Napa Valley Merlot

2019 Sterling Vineyards Platinum Napa Valley Merlot

Sterling Vineyards

2019 Sterling Vineyards Platinum Napa Valley Merlot

$65.00
Bottle
Price $65.00
$780.00
Case (12)
Price $780.00

Tasting Notes

The Sterling Vineyards Platinum Merlot is a brilliant ruby red color in the glass with black cherry, fresh plum, and sweet vanilla spice pronounced on the nose. The expressive aromas lead to a juicy, velvety mouthfeel where the core fruit flavors of wild berries and red fruit are underpinned by silky, milk chocolate notes. The wine is captivating with true varietal character shining through and supported by soft yet present tannins.

Technical Information

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2019
Appellation Napa Valley
Blend 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alcohol % 14.9%
Enclosure Type Cork

Scores & Accolades

  • 94

    JamesSuckling.com

    “Inviting aromas of plums, redcurrants, red licorice and roses. Medium-to full-bodied with powdery tannins. Mineral and punchy on the palate. Fresh and driven. 95% merlot and 5% cabernet sauvignon. Best after 2025.” - James Suckling, June 1, 2022

Winemaking

After gentle crushing and destemming, the juice and skins were sent to small fermentors where color, flavors, and tannins were slowly extracted from the skins as vinification progressed. The wine was then aged in 74% French and 26% Hungarian barrels (74% new) for 18 months. The extended time in barrel allows the big, bold tannins in the Howell Mountain Merlot enough time to soften, and the aromas from the barrels become well-integrated with the ripe fruit characteristics of the wine.

Vintage

The California 2019 vintage started two weeks later than normal due to a damp winter and late spring. Cool spring temperatures created the conditions for the grapes to mature more gradually, which allowed for superb balance and full flavors.  

Vineyard

Napa Valley AVA

Napa Valley

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