Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sterling Vintner’s Collection Meritage 2008 – Central Coast, Sonoma, California

From the label: ‘Our Meritage is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 37%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 2%, and Malbec 1% from some of California’s best appellations. This richly textured wine has flavors of cherry, chocolate, black raspberry and vanilla, which lead to a full, lingering finish. Enjoy our Meritage with grilled or roasted meats and hearty vegetables.’


This nice Meritage from the Central Coast of California (Sonoma) was a really nice wine. It was my first experience with a Meritage and I found it quite nice.

The color was a deep but clear garnet color and the bouquet was jammy, with hints of vanilla, cherries, and tobacco.

This medium bodied wine had a taste was heavily jammy. I used to wonder what people meant by ‘jammy’ in reviews but trust me once you have a wine that is actually ‘jammy’ you’ll know it immediately. It also tasted slightly of oak.

It had a medium finish. I found this wine to be very enjoyable. I would definitely buy it again. Also, I like to mentioned that this wine was also vinted and bottled at Sterling. I like wines that are produced and bottled at the vineyard they were grown at. I feel it creates a more predictable and dependable wine because the people producing the wine know exactly what to expect from their own grapes.

I give this wine a rating of 86.


Discount Wine Deals And $10 Free Credit Too!

I just found out about this wine site called Lot 18 ( They also sell specialty foods as well. If you join, it just takes your email and name to join, you instantly get $10 of free credit towards your purchase. I have also heard (thought I can’t confirm this) that if you don’t order something right away in about two days or so you’ll get an additional $10 of credit put into your account. Considering that their wines start at $16.99 that sounds like a FREE bottle of wine to me. 🙂 Also, they have deals if you refer people to the site and they order something you’ll get an additional $25 in free credit in your account (Open disclosure here folks, when you click on the link I’ve provided and sign up I should get $25 in free credit too. So don’t let me down. Though please let me know in the comments below if you’ve clicked on my link, signed up and ordered something so that I know if that really works or not. I’ll report back to you all and let you know).

So without further ado, here’s the link to sign up and get your free $10 credit again:

Nostrada Tempranillo 2009, Tarragona, Spain

From the label: ‘A fruit-driven young red, made exclusively with well-ripened, hand-picked Tempranillo grapes from the ancient winelands of Tarragona. Here, Spain’s most highly-prized native variety offers an easy-drinking red wine, with delicious tempting aromas of rich blackcurrent and ripe red berries, making a beautifully balanced Spanish treat!’

Price: $7.99 – screw top (yes, I’ve been buying screw tops. I am trying not to be such a snob 🙂 )

This wine from the Tarragona Region of Spain was a nice dark burgundy color. When smelling the bouquet the word ‘pretty’ kept coming to mind. I don’t know how to explain it other than that. Yes, it was ‘pretty’.

The taste was heavy and boasting the flavors of dark fruits with a bit of a floral essence in there as well. It had a very light finish.

I picked this wine because I wanted to try a wine made with Tempranillo grapes. I know people who LOVE this grape. I found this wine to be quite pleasant but its ‘prettiness’ took me off guard. I’ve never experienced a wine with this essence before.

Overall I liked the wine. It was different from my usual foray into Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignons. It expanded my horizons on what red wine tastes like and I got to experience another personality of red.

I gave this wine a rating of 89. Very close to being a top pick (which is 90 or above) but I think it’s newness to me kept it from making it into the top category. Definitely a wine to experience if you’re looking to broaden your horizons and see everything that red has to offer.