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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 105093)
green wine
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A quintessential expression of the vintage, our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon brings together the finest lots from 2006 into a decadent, sophisticated wine. It opens with redolent aromas of ripe plum, cassis and dates joined by undertones of cocoa, butterscotch and toasted oak. On the palate, bright fruit leads the entry, which develops silky, mouth coating flavors of briary forest fruit, clove and date as it glides across the tongue. Toasted oak rides the lengthy finish and is met by fleshy, round tannins. This wine is hard to resist now but will age well over the next 10 years.
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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!