Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast Vintner's Collection 2006
Tasting Notes: The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon nails it, admits winemaker Joe Kidd. It embodies everything that we're striving for with the Sterling Vintner's Collection. Not only does it show great varietal expression with a depth of rich cherry, dark fruit and vanilla toast, but it is full, fleshy and fun to drink - a classic Cabernet to be enjoyed with all occasions. Pair with rich foods such as roast lamb, steak au poivre, or potatoes au gratin. Vineyard Notes: The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three main growing regions: Monterrey, Paso Robles and San Benito. The majority of grapes from Monterrey come from the Paris Valley Ranch Vineyard, where poor, gravelly soils and moderate climate foster small, concentrated grapes with good depth and tight tannin structure. In Paso Robles, the Red Hill Vineyard sits on a hilly, eastern slope that draws in the cool air in the evenings, producing wines with a distinct cherry note. San Benito is responsible for "big, monster cabs" as Kidd refers to them with lots of tannin and flavor, contributing to the backbone of the final wine. Production Notes: California Winemaker Notes: Patience was a winning virtue in 2006. Overall the growing season was cooler than normal. Low spring temperatures delayed bud-break by approximately three weeks but by June, fruit set and flowering was well developed. A short heat wave in July gave the vines a needed boost to catch up to a typical growing season. Cool, even weather persevered throughout the fall, enabling the grapes to develop good intensity and concentration of fruit. Ideal conditions remained through harvest and daily diligence was greatly rewarded with vibrant fruit flavors and good acid levels.
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A very nice smooth California Merlot that stands up to spicy food and also to the fruit and chocolate after wards.
Nose opens with a cola nose, followed by wafts of green tea and hints of vegetable, including sliced radish. Palate also begins with decarbonated soda flavors and green tea. During the first hour, a pleasant acidity adds zing to the finish, boosting the flavors of mild fruits and tea. Not much left three hours after uncorking. A simple, juice-flavored cab.
Stronger, more sophisticated cab. Dark cherry and slightly savory note right up front, relatively strong tannins to finish off. Liked it!
smooth and velvet, well-oaked, deep red flavour and colour, good price for a great cab. Paired well with our spicy burgers with smoked cheese and shrimp cocktail. We got this on sale for 19.99 at publix this week - even better :)
Dark fruit begining with a strong ending. Full, just enough bitterness. Great with our steak.
This is what a true cabernet is all about. This winery has showed considerable improvement in recent years. It's acidic, full-bodied. Dry. It delivers every time. I recommend the 2007 if you can find it over this one. If not, this one will do. It will impress almost anyone you drink it with.
Nice smooth tasting cabernet. Bottle had lots of sediment and improved after breathing a couple hours.
External Reviews for Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast Vintner's Collection
The Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the intense character of Monterey fruit in a full and balanced wine. Distinctive aromas of ripe blackberry, pepper, toast and hints of smoked meats are followed by subtle notes of light chocolate mint and vanilla. The palate offers concentrated black fruits, toffee and dark chocolate powder.
Wine Tasting NotesThe Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the intense character of Monterey fruit in a full and balanced wine. Distinctive aromas of ripe blackberry, pepper, toast and hints of smoked meats are followed by subtle notes of light chocolate mint and vanilla. The palate offers concentrated black fruits, toffee and dark chocolate powder. The texture is full, rich, and soft in the mouth, making it a great match with classic beef dishes, duck confit, assorted cheeses, and dark chocolate.
Dark ruby in color, the Cabernet Sauvignon opens to spicy notes of raspberry and black cherry with hints of cedar and toasty oak rounding out the nose. Flavors of briar, blackberries, raspberries, hints of roasted coffee and an earthy, savory spiciness coat the palate, and lead to a long, elegant finish. These wonderful flavors and the wine's smooth, mouth-filling tannins make this wine a perfect accompaniment to barbecued steaks and lamb chops, as well as richer pasta dishes and ripe cheeses.
Scents of dusty oak, herb and flowers, with currant and spice notes that pick up a touch of leather and earthiness. Finishes with a hint of bitterness that gives it a Bordeaux-like edge. Drink now through 2011.
Soft and a bit one-dimensional, but pretty tasty, with well-ripened blackberry and mocha flavors that finish with a hint of anise. Feels polished and supple, but not for the cellar. Drink now.
A deep purple, red ruby hue. The nose shows elegant black plum fruit with layers of rose petals, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and anise, along with hints of eucalyptus. On the palate, the wine is bright and well balanced with a rich mouthfeel. Flavors of ripe blackberry, plum and black cherry are followed by notes of nutmeg and cloves, and a long, dark finish with soft, chalky tannins.
Gentle and rich, this Cab shows smooth, sweet tannins and a nice touch of oak. the underlying fruit flavors are of blackberries and cassis, with a touch of cinnamon-dusted mocha coffee.