Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon reigns king in the Napa Valley and the appellation excels in producing
outstanding expressions of this admired varietal. Napa Valley offers an ideal combination of
topography, geology and climate that enables this varietal to reach optimum ripeness, balance
and finesse. For the 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes come primarily from the
warmer valley region of Calistoga including the Diamond Mountain Ranch, Bear Flats and Tamagni
vineyards. The Calistoga appellation is one of the warmest areas in the valley but has extreme
diurnal shifts, allowing the grapes to enjoy very cool nights which help maintain excellent acidity.
Each lot is kept separate until the final blending, allowing the winemaker to select the most
expressive and unique barrels to bring together in the final blend. Each of these lots was aged
for 18 months in combination of American (56%), French (30%) and European (14%) oak barrels.
Once ready, the barrels are tasted and only those reflecting the true hallmarks of the Napa Valley
are selected for the final blend.
The Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a brooding, dark garnet-red color in
the glass with big fruit aromas of blackberry jam, ripe plum and notes of cassis. The nose leads
to a full-bodied, concentrated, richly textured palate with flavors of dried black cherry, warm
caramel and a pleasing umami character. The wine is dense and offers striking fruit intensity
balanced with good acidity and fine, well-integrated tannins. The wine is seamless and offers a
lengthy finish that hints at its ability to age for at least the next 10 to 15 years.