2009 Sterling Vintners Collection Merlot Central Coast
The rich, distinctive character of Napa Valley abounds in this Merlot. Dark raspberry-truffle aromas take the lead, followed by glints of hibiscus and clove. Velvety smooth, the palate has a juicy pomegranate blueberry character wrapped in sweet oak and baking spices. The fruit flows through the lengthy finish, laden with brambly berries and accented by licorice root. The wine is robust with a complex structure to make is a perfect match for roasted meats, fall risottos or hearty pastas.