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Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

The Sterling Vineyards winemaking team believes that our wines should express true varietal character. We craft each wine with this in mind, choosing gentle techniques tailored to bring out the aromas and flavors that each Napa grape variety develops in the terroir it likes best. The resulting wines have exceptional quality that shines anywhere, with intriguing complexity that brings out the best in a wide variety of cuisines.

Sterling Vineyards:
Our iconic winery is perched high above the town of Calistoga on a mid-valley hill. Its stark architectural beauty, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, and panoramic views of Napa Valley from the rooftop deck have attracted visitors from all 50 states for over 30 years.

External Reviews for Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

Sterling Vineyards has a long history of producing outstanding wines in the Napa Valley. Ever since Peter Newton purchased vineyards in Calistoga and started planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which at the time was radical, they've turned out world class selections. Now they’ve just released this Napa Valley Cab from the outstanding 2012 vintage. Grapes are sourced from their best growers throughout the Napa Valley. It's a complex blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Syrah and 2% Petite Verdot. Each lot is vinified separately to bring forward its unique profile and strengths. To achieve the rich color and aromatics, the grapes are cold soaked for two days, followed by fermentation. Frequent pump-overs allowed plenty of contact between the juice and the skins for maximum extraction of flavors. The wine is aged 15 months in French, American and Hungarian oak and the final blend is made prior to bottling. This wine is a great illustration of this excellent vintage, offering ripe, brambly fruits on a fleshy and broad canvas. The warm, dry conditions of the year allowed bold flavors and big tannins to develop, unfolding with boysenberry pie and fragrant baking spices. A burst of fresh fruit opens the palate, picking up red currants and hint of oak. Plush and long, the flavors span through the long finish, accented by a hint of spice. For Napa Cab of this quality the value is amazing!


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/11/2014

Sterling Vineyards wines express true varietal character—that set of aromas and flavors a grape varietal develops when grown in the terroir that suits it best. Carefully selected winemaking methods highlight each wine’s unique personality and guarantee the high quality that distinguishes our reputation for impeccable taste. Sterling Vineyards Napa Appellation wines come from 14 diverse vineyards in this world-famous region, from the Carneros District in the south to the northern reaches of Calistoga. Wine: Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a great illustration of this vintage, offering ripe, brambly fruits on a fleshy and broad canvas. The warm, dry conditions of the year allowed bold flavors and big tannins to develop, unfolding with boysenberry pie and fragrant baking spices. A burst of fresh fruit opens the palate, picking up red currants and hint of oak. Plush and long, the flavors span through the long finish, accented by a hint of spice. Vineyard: Framed by the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Range to the east, the Napa Valley extends from San Pablo Bay up to Mount St. Helena. Along this 30-mile stretch are 16 different sub-AVAs and twice as many microclimates and variations in soils. To capture the diversity and showcase the incredible range of this region, we selected fruit from multiple vineyards, pairing the concentrated color and tannins of mountain fruit with the broader, fleshier texture of valley fruit. Winemaking: At harvest, we collected fruit from several vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. The grapes were brought to the winery and allowed to rest in a cold soak for three days, gently extracting the rich color and aromas. To capture the unique profiles of the different vineyards, each lot was fermented separately. After 15 months of aging, we blended the lots together, creating a harmonious whole, expressive of Napa Valley. “It’s like a well-orchestrated choir,” explains Winemaker Alison Rodriguez. “We achieved a beautiful continuity and balance by blending several smaller parts together, much like bringing in sopranos, altos, tenors, baritones and bass.” Vintage: Following a few challenging vintages, 2012 was excellent. The weather was steady and even, almost textbook in its temperatures. The vines were well balanced and grapes ripened uniformly. Without weather issues, we harvested on our schedule, just as the fruit reached its optimal ripeness. - Winery Varietal Composition: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc 3% Merlot 2% Malbec 2% Syrah 2% Petite Verdot Oak Aging: 50% French oak 40% American oak 10% Hungarian oak 27% new oak Alcohol: 14.6 % Acidity: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.75


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
07/07/2015

Sterling Vineyards has a long history of producing outstanding wines in the Napa Valley. Ever since Peter Newton purchased vineyards in Calistoga and started planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which at the time was radical, they've turned out world class selections. Now they’ve released this Napa Valley Cab from the outstanding 2012 vintage. Grapes are sourced from their best growers throughout the Napa Valley. It's a complex blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Syrah and 2% Petite Verdot. Each lot is vinified separately to bring forward its unique profile and strengths. To achieve the rich color and aromatics, the grapes are cold soaked for two days, followed by fermentation. Frequent pump-overs allowed plenty of contact between the juice and the skins for maximum extraction of flavors. The wine is aged 15 months in French, American and Hungarian oak and the final blend is made prior to bottling. This wine is a great illustration of this excellent vintage, offering ripe, brambly fruits on a fleshy and broad canvas. The warm, dry conditions of the year allowed bold flavors and big tannins to develop, unfolding with boysenberry pie and fragrant baking spices. A burst of fresh fruit opens the palate, picking up red currants and hint of oak. Plush and long, the flavors span through the long finish, accented by a hint of spice. For Napa Cab of this quality the value is amazing!



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The Sterling Vineyards winemaking team believes that our wines should express true varietal character. We craft each wine with this in mind, choosing gentle techniques tailored to bring out the aromas and flavors that each Napa grape variety develops in the terroir it likes best. The resulting wines have exceptional quality that shines anywhere, with intriguing complexity that brings out the best in a wide variety of cuisines.

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