I last wrote about tasting a red blend, Besieged, so continuing on the same theme I tried another bottle. This time we opened a bottle of Sterling Vintner’s Collection, Meritage 2011. It is a red blend of Merlot 44%, Cabernet Sauvignon 41%, Malbec 7%, Petit Verdot 5% and Cabernet Franc 3%. The wine is a California Central Coast wine with an alcohol content of 13.5%. You can find them at http://www.sterlingvineyards.com.
The wine had a berry aroma and dark fruit taste. It was dry but not too dry and full bodied with a nice finish. It went very well with the pot roast I had fixed in the crockpot. This was one of the bottles we had received in the Christmas basket from a friend. I have been holding on to the bottles and not opening each one like a little kid, but I am glad I tasted it. I have to say that so far, every bottle we have opened from the gift basket has been very tasty. I am impressed with Sterling Vineyards and their wines. I have already bought a replacement bottle of Zinfandel that we had opened earlier. I will be replacing the Meritage also.
Now I am on the hunt for more blends to try. If anyone has had a great blend that they’ve tasted and want to share, please let me know which ones so I can get them and try them too. I am always interested in trying new wines.