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Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Harvested from dramatic vineyards high above Napa Valley, the 2006 Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon speaks volumes about mountain-grown fruit. Inky and complex, this reserve wine is packed with intense blackberry character layered with dark chocolate, herbs and oak spice. The hint of wild herbs gives a distinctive, fresh mountain character to the core of dark berry flavors, while firm tannins support them through the lingering finish.

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Merlot, 2.5% Petit Verdot

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A silky vintage of Sterling's Diamond Mountain bottling, this has the superripe, apricot-like character that marked the area's cabernet in 2006. It melds that fruit into a fine structure, so that the tannins seem fruity, gentle and harmonious. The ferrous, earthy edge on that tannin keeps the wine mouthwatering. Serve this with roast squab stuffed with dried fruit.

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Sterling Vineyards was born in the 1960s, a time when creativity and entrepreneurial spirit abounded, especially in California. In 1964, Peter Newton, once a paper broker in England, purchased 70 acres of land in Calistoga and became a Napa Valley winemaker. He planted grapes others did not, bottled varietals others did not, and built a dramatic winery with an aerial tramway. His innovations put Sterling Vineyards into the public eye and helped establish the Napa... View More