Wine Kit - Cellar Craft Sterling Collection - California Reserve Merlot

Wine Kit - Cellar Craft Sterling Collection - California Reserve Merlot

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Cellar Craft's Sterling Collection red wine kits are the only budget-level red wine kits on the market that include a "virgin," never-processed crushed grape pack to include in the fermentation. Made entirely from region-specific varietal juice and concentrate, and skins from the same harvest lots that the juice comes from, these kits produce a true varietal wine on a short timeline! Designed to be bottled in 5 weeks, these kits will benefit from an additional 6-12 months of cellaring in the bottle.
Makes 6 gallons, or 2 cases, of finished wine

Cellar Craft's Description

California Merlot with a 1.5 liter virgin crushed California Merlot grape pack. The wine releases aromas of raspberry and cherry and a subtle toasted note, followed by flavors of raspberry and strawberry. Gentle tannins and well-integrated oak contribute structure to the fruit-driven profile without being too aggressive. Should show its true character in about 6 months, but will continue to develop for at least a year. This soft red pairs with red meats and will work well with roast chicken.

Item # WK202
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Availability Out Of Stock
Weight 33 LBS
Grape StyleMerlot
White, Red, or RoseRed
Product LineCellar Craft
Skin Pack IncludedY
Ready In6-7 Weeks
Concentrate Volume12L
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Come with grape skins
Thomas M on Apr 6, 2020
steve l on Jan 31, 2019
Come with grape skins
Thomas M on Apr 6, 2020
Trying it.
Daniel W on Aug 28, 2019
steve l on Jan 31, 2019
Good wine
Marilyn W on Dec 17, 2018
making a cab-merlot blend, good luck in past with cellar craft products
Wes on Oct 30, 2018
Entry level kit
Judith A on Oct 1, 2018
Have made Cellar Craft wine kits before, excellent product.
MaryBeth P on Sep 19, 2018
I've chosen this brand before with good results.
Lawrence H on Apr 26, 2018
Trying it.
Daniel W on Aug 28, 2019
Good wine
Marilyn W on Dec 17, 2018

4.2 / 5.0
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Spectacular with Adequate Aging
This wine was very good on bottling day. The absence of tannin suggested we could be drinking it immediately. We certainly have been drinking some of it. But after 9 months of aging, it has become spectacular! We have sequestered 6 bottles for 2 full years of aging.

You know, it seems like 2 cases of wine is a large investment to leave just sitting there, untouched. But based on our experience, if you let this Merlot age, you will be rewarded with a spectacular experience.

Main dish pairings we found to be nice :: rosemary chicken, grilled salmon with caper sauce, beef bourguignon, pork fajita tacos, good ole' corned beef and spuds. Fruits and cheeses pairings :: schloss, gorgonzola and fontina cheeses with kiwi, assorted dark berries and Gala apple slices.

The best pairing of all is any of the above via candle light with your honey bunny and a glass of Merlot! Prost !!!
September 8, 2020
Not impressed
The kit did no come with great instructions. The kit also came with a very low SG. 1.065. I had to add a couple pounds of sugar to get it with range. I finished it and it still has an off flavor.
August 2, 2019
1 year ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Hey so sorry about your experience. We try very hard to create the best experience for our customers and provide quality products. Please give us a call at 1-800-600-0033 or email us at info@moreflavor.com so that we can assist you. We are here to help. Cheers!
May 29, 2020
Malcolm MB
This kit is in process now but ----
if its as good the sterling pinot noir with grape pack it will be five stars after a year of aging in the bottle. Great luck with past kit lead me to purchase this one.
September 4, 2018
over 2 years ago
Great Merlot
I just taught someone how to use these kits and he made this wine for his first one. While he did mess it up at first (nearly oxidized it), I was able to help him recover it and it finished off great. Having the skin pack was great as it definitely adds to the overall flavor and feel of the wine.
January 28, 2018
over 2 years ago
good value kit with grape skins
These Cellar Craft kits are a great deal if you want grape skins included. The skins noticeably add to the body of the wine. I can tell I'll have to so some more serious aging too.
May 2, 2014
Takes time
For your first wine kit, pick up a Chardonnay. This one really starts to shine after a year of aging. Delicious.
May 7, 2013