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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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
"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."
"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."
Wine & Spirits
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...Read More About Sterling
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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