Sterling Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2005
Merlot from Napa Valley, California
Seriously complex and well-structured, our 2005 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot comes from vines that struggle in the rocky, volcanic soils along the eastern flank of Napa Valley. Intense, ripe black cherry aromas virtually jump out of the glass, says Winemaker Mike Westrick about this huge, deep ruby Merlot, he attributes the wine's distinctive mineral character to the vineyard's unique terroir. The opulent black fruit and mineral flavors, layered with mocha, spice and toasty oak, give remarkable weight on the palate, and then linger on the expansive finish. With tannins that combine power with suppleness, this wine already delivers luscious, complex flavors, yet promises cellar-worthiness.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Vibrant black-garnet hue. Heady aromas of new leather, Hershey's dark chocolate syrup, black cherry and peppermint. Lovely plum and cherry-chocolate flavors impart a defined mintiness. Lasting fruit impressions accented by a lingering menthol nuance."
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 innovations put Sterling Vineyards into the public eye and helped establish the Napa Valley as a premier travel destination.
When Newton began planting his estate, Cabernet Sauvignon was the preferred variety. He planted the esteemed Cabernet, but his decision to also plant Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot was a bold move. His Merlot vines were the first significant planting of that variety in the Napa Valley. Newton saw potential in the soft, velvety Merlot fruit, and in 1969 he took a chance by releasing California's first vintage-dated Merlot. This decision flew in the face of traditional standards, which held that Merlot was merely a blending grape, and forever changed the perception of red wine. People started to enter a restaurant and ask for a glass of Merlot! View all Sterling Vineyards Wines
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Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
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18 ratings, 9 with reviewsA Texan - Houston, TX56/29/2012Sterling - Whittier, CA54/23/2012
Best Merlot I ever tasted. Bold, smooth, fresh and fine taste.DLAshley - Devils Lake, ND31/3/2012Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL47/26/2011bigroot - Ennis, TX57/21/201156/24/2011Outstanding. I would order more if it were available. Aerated 4 times and it was sooooo smoothe.SteamboatCB - Englewood, CO56/10/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC510/8/2010rlp - Little Rock, AR45/23/2011
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Excellent!Mateo - Los Angeles, CA55/16/201154/16/2011OUTSTANDING! Had a wine tasting party and everyone there wanted me to buy a case of this and split it.Hoora Abdolreza - Pleasanton, CA54/7/2011211/20/2010The tasted like it was going bad! I had to run the bottles through a filter to remove the particules.410/14/2010This is a very big and bold wine. Bigger and bolder than any merlot I had. Make sure to decant or use an aerator. I couldn' wait so I ran it through the aerator like 4 times. This was the first wine I tried but absolutely felt necessary.58/12/2009Probably the very nicest Merlot ever! Rich, aromatic, full bodied with a wonderful lingering finish.58/12/2009Probably the very nicest Merlot ever! Rich, aromatic, full bodied with a wonderful lingering finish.58/12/2009Probably the very nicest Merlot ever! Rich, aromatic, full bodied with a wonderful lingering finish.
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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
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