Sterling Napa Merlot


sterling merlotBrilliant ruby in color, with intense cherry and red-fruit aromas, this Napa merlot is a classic “steak wine.” Bright fruit flavors, including black cherries and raspberries pair well with the not-too-sweet pomegranate sauce, while the wine’s “sweet oak” keeps the slight peppery flavors of the arugula in check. This wine has 5 years of age, so the tannins are somewhat softened, which is important when pairing with a lean cut like filet mignon.

Despite what the lead character in the pinot noir-worshipping movie Sideways led us to believe, merlot can be a serious wine. All one has to do is look to the right bank of Bordeaux. Some of the world’s most exalted wines, such as Château ©trus(Pomerol) are made almost entirely of merlot. In addition to being a great steak wine, many merlots are fairly light in weight with nice acidity, bringing in an array of food pairings, ranging from lamb to seafood.


Pairs With Meat & Potatoes: Potato Crusted Filet Mignon with Arugula & Pomegranate Sauce

Price $20

Also pairs well with braised meats, full-flavored cheeses, roasted chicken and duck, lamb, mushrooms, pork, salmon, veal.

  • Category Red Wine
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Region Napa Valley CA