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Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Harvested from dramatic vineyards high above Napa Valley, the 2006 Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon speaks volumes about mountain-grown fruit. Inky and complex, this reserve wine is packed with intense blackberry character layered with dark chocolate, herbs and oak spice. The hint of wild herbs gives a distinctive, fresh mountain character to the core of dark berry flavors, while firm tannins support them through the lingering finish.

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Merlot, 2.5% Petit Verdot

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A silky vintage of Sterling's Diamond Mountain bottling, this has the superripe, apricot-like character that marked the area's cabernet in 2006. It melds that fruit into a fine structure, so that the tannins seem fruity, gentle and harmonious. The ferrous, earthy edge on that tannin keeps the wine mouthwatering. Serve this with roast squab stuffed with dried fruit.

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Sterling Vineyards, , California
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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!

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

GZT9232515_2006 Item# 114265

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