Sterling Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2006

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 108141
  • red wine
  • Green wine
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

With great structure, depth and concentration, our 2006 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot tells the story of an unusual vineyard in Napa Valley. The wine's intense, ripe black cherry aromas and expansive flavors slowly unfold to reveal complex notes of mineral, mocha, spice, rose and toasty oak. This beautifully balanced expression of Merlot comes from vines that struggle in rocky, volcanic soils along the eastern flank of Napa Valley. Winemaker Michael Westrick attributes the wine's distinctive mineral character and remarkable weight on the palate to the vineyard's unique terroir. Structured with tannins that combine power with suppleness, this wine delivers luscious, complex flavors now, yet promises cellar-worthiness.

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Style: Smooth & Supple
This wine was easily one of the best wines I have had in the past few years. It was as full bodies as a cabernet, or Bordeaux blend, but smooth. I could drink this every day. Elegant, well devleoped fruit, integrated tannins are smooth.
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JudyG823 - Dallas, TX (read all my reviews)

I had a bottle of 2004 Merlot with steak at my birthday dinner 8/23/12, and it was exquisite! I'm not experienced enough yet to describe why things taste good -- either my tastebuds like them or they don't. I generally lean more towards the smooth and supple merlots, but found this bold wine excellent. My husband is not a wine drinker and even he enjoyed this wine.
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Simply love Three Palms, cab lover's merlot.
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Sterling Vineyards was born in the 1960s, a time when creativity and entrepreneurial spirit abounded, especially in California. In 1964, Peter Newton, once a paper broker in England, purchased 70 acres of land in Calistoga and became a Napa Valley winemaker. He planted grapes others did not, bottled varietals others did not, and built a dramatic winery with an aerial tramway. His...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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