Sterling Vineyards – Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Sterling Vineyards is a brand that I have heard quite a bit about, but have not yet tried. Based in Calistoga, California, Sterling Vineyards is in Diageo’s portfolio of wines, and something of an underrated gem, in my opinion, overshadowed by its better known brands.
The Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet opens with a deep, heavy aroma of black cherry and blackberry. The nose lightens as it breaths, but becomes more complex.
The color and clarity are a full, rich red. There is no sediment that I found, and the legs show a slow, think run that alludes to a higher than usual alcohol content (13.9% ABV), and full, smooth mouthfeel.
The flavor opens fruitier than many cabernets, but with a thick berry flavor and just a touch of tart cherry on the end. This rounds out into a smooth, rich taste as you sip it, leaving you with a sweet flavor of blackberry and a finish of licorice and currant.
As a cabernet lover, this wine is quite respectable. It is smooth and pleasant, full without being heavy, and overall very nice. I’d rate the Vintner’s Cabernet as a 6+, and will look to purchase again.