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.
Posted on June 26, 2011, in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Red Grape Varieties and tagged Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage 2008, Merlot, Petit Verdot, red wine, Sonoma California, Sterling Vintner's Collection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.