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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Sterling Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Sterling Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 89523)

PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $18.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Varietal composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Dark ruby in color, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon opens to spicy notes of raspberry and black cherry with hints of cedar and toasty oak rounding out the aroma. Flavors of black cherry and blackberry, raspberries, hints of roasted coffee and an earthy, savory spiciness coat the palate, and lead to a long, elegant finish.

These wonderful flavors and the smooth, silky tannins make this wine a perfect accompaniment to barbecued steaks and lamb chops, as well as richer pasta dishes and ripe cheeses.

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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!