Wine Review: 2009 Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Meritage
Very impressive Bordeaux blend that is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (with some Malbec & Petit Verdot). We bought this bottle for $9.99 and it tasted better than most $25 Bordeaux wines! We have had some very decent wines from Sterling Vineyards and most of them we would rate somewhere between 82-86 points…very respectable. But honestly, this 2009 Meritage really blew us away! A very nice garnet color with good legs. Whimsical on the nose with notes of cherry, dark berry, and a hint of spice. On the palate, this wine has a full, rich mouthfeel. It is bursting with flavors of blackberry, ripe plum, cedar, and cinnamon spice. Great balance of fruit and spice which leads to a long, vanilla oak finish! Wonderful tannin structure which is warm, firm, and youthful. We definitely recommend this wine as one to try; it would pair perfectly with red meat with a spicy barbecue sauce, spicy marinade, or tomato pasta sauce. We give the Sterling Vineyards VC 2009 Meritage an 91 on the SiNoTas scale. All the right flavors, all balanced and an edgy, provocative finish. Drink now – 2014…. but we can’t help but to drink more right now! WineSplashing…..
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