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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
(search item no. 6028)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $22.13

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby in color, with concentrated jammy fruit aromas of black berry and cassis. The wine has a big, rich, soft, albeit slightly chalky mouthfeel, with medium full body and a long vanillin flavored finish
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About Sterling Vineyards:

Sterling Vineyards was born in the 1960s, a time when creativity and entrepreneurial spirit abounded, especially in California. In 1964, Peter Newton, once a paper broker in England, purchased 70 acres of land in Calistoga and became a Napa Valley winemaker. He planted grapes others did not, bottled varietals others did not, and built a dramatic winery with an aerial tramway. His innovations put Sterling Vineyards into the public eye and helped establish the Napa Valley as a premier travel destination.

When Newton began planting his estate, Cabernet Sauvignon was the preferred variety. He planted the esteemed Cabernet, but his decision to also plant Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot was a bold move. His Merlot vines were the first significant planting of that variety in the Napa Valley. Newton saw potential in the soft, velvety Merlot fruit, and in 1969 he took a chance by releasing California's first vintage-dated Merlot. This decision flew in the face of traditional standards, which held that Merlot was merely a blending grape, and forever changed the perception of red wine. People started to enter a restaurant and ask for a glass of Merlot!