2005 Sterling "Three Palms" Napa Valley Merlot (Previously $55)

SKU #1055823

According to the Wine Enthusiast: "Shows a welcome return to form after the disappointing 2004. The tannins that always have highlighted this Merlot are still there, but the cherry and currant fruit have returned. Bone dry and astringent, it needs a little time. Best after 2009." (12/15/2008)

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By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/9/2011  | Send Email
Shockingly good! Tastes like properly made Merlot. Lot's of spice, red berry, and earth undertones. At this price a must even for those who think they don't like Merlot!

 By: Jeff Hotchkiss |  Review Date: 8/14/2011 
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No nose to speak of, but paradoxically, one of the strongest perfumed wines I've encountered in a while. You can smell it a few feet away. Lot's of crystal/sediment. Taste tangy raspberries with plum and hint of pencil lead on finish. Almost Bordeaux style but obvious Napa fruit. Great, versatile wine that can go with pork, chicken, and it has enough tannins to go with steak. Drink now or hold a few years.
Drink from 2011 to 2015

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.