Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.
" A big, tannic and dry wine that's nowhere near ready to drink now. Feels tight and astringent, and the new oak sticks like a sore thumb. But there's a solid core of black currants, indicating a good future. Don't touch it before 2011, and it should develop through 2014, at least, with proper cellaring."
"Do not overlook this lovely wine. Its deep, curranty and sweet herb aromas are the stuff of classic claret, and its depth, richness and concentration show off the best side of what Napa does for well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon. Supple, yet solid in structure, obvious and open at the front of the palate even as it tightens up towa rds the finish, this wine will invite you to try it now, but, for those who resist temptation, a wine of both sophistication and polish awaits in a half decade."
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