Top Value Merlots Available in Canada
The best merlots at the Wine Access 2012 International Value Wine Awards
Full competition results from the Wine Access 2012 International Value Wine Awards are available here.
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The team at Sterling has made a great statement about their merlot-producing skills, taking consecutive winners at the IVWAs. The winemaking team pioneered this variety in California, with talented winemakers including Ric Forman (I remember trying Sterling’s first vintage — 1969 — with him) and subsequently Bill Dyer. It is interesting to see that although the more expensive $25 Napa Valley 2008 won last year, this time the amazing value $15 Central Coast 2009 prevailed. It doesn't have as heavy tannins, with less length than wine made from Napa fruit, but it is still impressive, easy-drinking and concentrated, with prominent oak. The nose is the best part, with very expressive aromas and lots of attractive, supple, ripe, blackberry and herbal fruits. What value!