Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

$55.00 $44.99
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Item No. 107860
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE92
  • W&S92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Our 2005 Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates the mountain terroir of a vineyard high above Napa Valley. Inky, intense and complex, this wine speaks volumes about mountain-grown fruit. "Our Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is strikingly different in varietal expression; it's packed with concentrated, wild blackberry character that defines briary," says Winemaker Mike Westrick. "The rich aromatics and dense flavors are layered with delicious wild berries, cassis, bittersweet chocolate, cigar box and oak spice. The muscular tannins support the powerful flavors clear through the persistent finish."

We tamed the mountain-intense flavors and tannins with gentle winemaking, keeping the wine's inherent complexity while giving elegance and balance. After 18 months of aging in predominantly French oak barrels, the wine was blended with small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Critical Acclaim

"Despite significant youthful tannins this Cab has such deep, ripe flavor that you can drink it now. The mouthfeel is astringent and hard, in the way of a young wine, but waves of cherries, blackberries and currants flatter the tastebuds, and it also softens as it warms up in the glass. A beautiful, polished drink that should develop over the next eight years."
92 Points

"Spicy, lean and as round as a cherry pit, this cabernet has the cool feel of a Diamond Mountain red. The floral cherry flavors are direct and simple, while time in oak has brought a lovely textural weave to the tannin, lengthening the flavors without diminishing their freshness. To cellar for several years, or decant for roast lamb."
92 Points

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One of Sterling's better offerings
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Corey Bragg - Springfield, OR (read all my reviews)

Style: Big & Bold
For 33$ you can find a better Cab not high end but not low end.
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hang time - Delray Beach, FL (read all my reviews)

i was hoping for a lot more from sterling on this one. their label tries to evoke other (much superior) wines from that ridge. fruity, with balance but lacking in firmness and depth, to my taste. would have been a really nice under $20 wine, except that it was (too much) more expensive.
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