Sterling Vintners Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                   The color of the Sterling Vintners Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark plum, nearly opaque not quite. Powerful aromas that lead you down a long road of fun, just from sniffing the wine. Aromas of fresh plum, blackberry, cocoa, and a very subtle and interesting green pepper component that kept me sniffing for several more seconds.

On the palate the wine has a medium body mouthfeel with very lively and fresh fruit characteristics that zip off the front of the palate. Overripe plum and blackberry are the most prevalent characteristics, with a very nice terroir-influenced mid-palate. Dusty dirt road, dry cocoa, and new oak sit well on the palate long into the finish. This wine is a border line fruit bomb but is balanced slightly by the earthy mid palate and the shockingly bright acidity that levels out the oak and the jammy-ness on the finish. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 90 Points 

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Dryness Level

Wine Selection – Sterling Vintners Collection, Central Coast, Cabernet Sauvignon

Producer – Sterling Vineyards

Vintage – 2013

Varietal – Cabernet Sauvignon

Region – Central Coast, California

Alcohol – 13.5%

Food Pairing – Blackened steak, burgers, grilled meats, lasagna. Try this recipe from Ashleigh Tansey

What is Cabernet Sauvignon?

Cabernet Sauvignon is considered one of the most common and popular red wine grape varietals in the world. The grape itself is a crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc and is native to the Bordeaux region of northwest France. The varietal produces wines that are dark red in color with dark berry fruit characteristics as well as more complex earthy characteristics.

These wines are considered to be dry wines with heavy tannins. “Tannins” present more as a feeling than anything else and are caused by phenolic compounds found naturally in the grape. The sensation you get on the palate from tannins is that feeling of having your lips pucker and the sides of your mouth dry out. This feeling is often found in sour green apples, dark cocoa, and coffee. Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier 

From the Winery 

Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, California 2013

Cocoa-berry aromas open the nose, complemented by toasty oak spices, plum, cherries and a touch of smoke and violets. Flaunting California’s famously friendly nature, the palate unfolds with succulent blackberry and Bing cherry flavors, accented by varietal notes of black pepper and espresso. Rich, dark chocolaty tannins escort the vibrant fruit into long finish. Pair this medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with grilled meats, sausage pasta or poultry in a rich sauce. Sterling Vintners Collection Cabernet Sauvignon !