The Sterling Vintner’s Collection 2014 Meritage

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The Sterling Vintner’s Collection 2014 Meritage is a fine blend of some of California’s most intriguing red varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine opens with an inviting and vivid nose of freshly picked raspberries, cranberry, cherry and melted milk chocolate. The wine is juicy on the palate where the nose rings true with flavors of mixed berry fruit, mocha and subtle toasted spice. The well-integrated oak influence offers a pleasing warm vanilla note and leads to a long-lasting, seamless finish with balanced acidity.

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Charles Krug’s 2014 Pinot Noir Carneros

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This delicate Pinot Noir, from Charles Krug’s Carneros-Napa Valley vineyard, has black cherry and candied raspberry aromas enveloped by slight oak in the background. With features of sweet cherry, vanilla and raspberry flavors, it has a long finish that is rounded out by a burst of cherry and cream soda.

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Beaulieu Vineyard’s 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir

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The 2015 growing season’s very small grapes and clusters gave Beaulieu Vineyard’s 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir its highly saturated color and complex, darker-fruit expression. Aromas of ripe, black cherry and brambleberry reveal hints of sun-warmed rose, forest loam and a savory umami herbaceousness. High-toned notes of sweet baking spices, from French oak barrels, weave through the aromas and linger on the berry-imbued finish. Supple, fine-grained tannins structure the wine, while natural acidity gives it elegant balance and vibrancy, all backed by a classic Carneros earthiness.

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Beaulieu Vineyard’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon California

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Beaulieu Vineyard’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon California bursts forth with toasted oak and dark fruit flavors. Straightforward and well-balanced, it expresses blackberry and black cherry in equal parts to the toasty, vanilla-oak spices. For all its “black” character, the fruit remains bright and fresh, joined by subtle toffee-coffee notes. Juicy and long, the palate is structured by ripe, easy tannins. This is an enjoyable, pop-the-cork wine made for everyday occasions.

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The Sterling Vintner’s Collection 2015 Pinot Noir California

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The Sterling Vintner’s Collection 2015 Pinot Noir California offers notes of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla, and tobacco spice on the nose. The concentrated palate is rich with good depth and complex flavors of dark berries, black tea, cocoa dust and warm vanilla. The tannins are silky and well-integrated and lead to a flavorful finish. The diverse nature of Pinot Noir makes it a perfect accompaniment to many foods including grilled meats, cheeses and even salmon.

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Beaulieu Vineyard’s Coastal Estates Sauvignon Blanc

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Fresh and inviting, Beaulieu Vineyard’s Coastal Estates Sauvignon Blanc opens with bright citrus fruits and lifted tropical notes. The liveliness of the fruit continues on the palate with a juicy combination of grapefruit, guava and passion fruit. An engaging wine with vibrant style, the bright flavors and fleshy mouth feel are complemented by a crisp and juicy finish.

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The Sterling Vintner’s Collection 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

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The Sterling Vintner’s Collection 2014 Sauvignon Blanc has classic Central Coast style with gracious fruit and a refreshing acidity. This wine opens up with intense aromas of mandarin orange, lychee and melon, accented by hints of lemon grass. The flavors are clean and crisp with a gentle softness across the palate. Lees stirring lends complexity, balancing the bright acidity with weight and depth. The finish is long and crisp, with a pop of lime zest. Light in body, yet full of flavors, this wine will pair nicely with grilled fish or seafood bouillabaisse.

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Beaulieu Vineyard’s 2013 Napa Valley Rarity

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Beaulieu Vineyard’s 2013 Napa Valley Rarity delivers massive power and weight, yet with uncommon elegance and suppleness. This wine’s profuse aromas of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and violet are mirrored by the opulent flavors that explode on the palate. Seamlessly integrated vanilla and oak spice nuances, from barrel fermentation and aging in entirely new barrels, add even more complexity to the layered Cabernet Sauvignon expression. “Rutherford Dust” tannins contribute texture, while bright acidity keeps its fresh, purity of focus. This is a wine that will age for decades.

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Sterling Vineyard’s 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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Sterling Vineyard’s 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc displays the elegance of its pedigree with a wine that is refreshing, bright and balanced. At its core, it has expressive Calistoga character, offering white peach, crisp pear and citrus. A small amount of barrel fermentation and lees stirring adds complexity and weight. This gives the palate a soft approach up front with a bright grapefruit character across the finish. Pair with scallops in a lemon beurre blanc, which will complement the wine’s citrus notes and pull forward the fruit.

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Beaulieu Vineyard’s 2013 Maestro Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah

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The 2013 Maestro Collection Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah stacks up a dense core of cassis and blackberry from the Cabernet Sauvignon, while Syrah adds unexpected spiciness and juicy, ripe black raspberry and blueberry expression. The texture on the palate is lush, yet firmly structured, and the long finish is laced with deep berry and toasty oak notes. Combining the Bordeaux-heritage Cabernet Sauvignon grape and Rhône-heritage Syrah grape, this is an intriguing, appealing sensory experience of a New World blend. Only 420 cases produced.

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