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Sterling Vintners, USA
Sterling Vintners Collection Cabernet Sauvignon.
Combining elegance and approachability, our Cabernet Sauvignon opens with rich aromas of blackberry bramble, accented by nutmeg and mocha spices. The palate is smooth and supple, delivering a balanced expression of dark cherries, currants and spice. Fine, chocolaty tannins hold the finish, which is long and luxurious. With its bold flavors and easy accessibility, our Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with a variety of foods and occasions, from filet mignon to barbecued ribs.
We sourced our grapes from three main appellations on the Central Coast to create our classic California Cabernet Sauvignon. One of our favorite vineyards is in Paso Robles, where large diurnal temperature swings produce big, spicy, berry flavors. From Paicines, which is located in warm San Benito County, we added balance and richness, which comes from the fruit’s dark, brambly flavors and ripe tannins. San Lucas Valley, which has steady coastal breezes and slightly cooler overall temperatures, provided the dynamic tannins and ripe, red fruit characters that added the perfect complement to the overall profile.
To achieve the rich varietal expression and approachable fruit profile in our Cabernet Sauvignon, we harvested our fruit at the peak of ripeness, followed by frequent pump-overs throughout fermentation. This constant contact between the skins and juice enables maximum flavor extraction from the fruit. We then aged the wine for approximately 10 months with a combination of American and French oak to lend sweet, toasty vanilla and mocha tones while building structure.