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Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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14.7% ABV
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Winemaker 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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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
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.
CG 92
Connoisseurs' Guide
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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Sterling Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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!

Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

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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.

ULL60893_06_2006 Item# 105093

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