| 1981 Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley|
Napa Valley, California
WB Rating: 79
Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 ()
Principal varietal(s): Merlot
Like the 1985 Phelps Insignia tasted recently, this wine was a generous gift from a good friend's cellar and one that's being reviewed well past its legitimate prime. Even so, this wine was still remarkably drinkable, showing soft, slightly muddled minty red berry flavors and surprising freshness up to the finish, which had an elevated and obtrusive acid feel. Still, for a 30 year old Merlot drunk probably 20 years after its intended lifetime, a pretty impressive performance. - HK 2011-05-20
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