Sterling Wine Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Central Coast of California, USA.

They call their Vintner’s Collection Cabernet 2009 a “shining star” that “combines ripe rich character with elegance and poise.”

Note:  For a review of the 2014 vintage of the same wine, click here:  Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

Sterling Wine Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Review

As implied above, I tasted the 2009 vintage of Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon.


In the glass, this wine poured a nice deep ruby color, typical of a rich Cabernet.


I found the aroma to be very noticeable and quite long lasting.

On the nose, the aroma was deep and earthy with elements of well-ripened black cherry.


On the palate, I noted black berries and also black cherry.

The taste also presented a multi-textured flavor that included earthy black currant jam with a hint of smokiness.

Quite tasty!

Mouthfeel and Tannins

While the wine’s taste was quite pleasing, the mouthfeel and tannins were a bit overstated.

The mouthfeel was a bit cottony and the tannins were a little too present for me.

In my notes, I called them “cheek-affecting”, which for me means a lot of extra tannins settling in the cheeks of my mouth.


The finish was an improvement.

It was fruit forward, and of medium duration.

I enjoyed how this wine carried forward the black currant flavors into the finish.


Overall, I enjoyed Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon.

I’ve had other Sterling wines in the past that I’ve enjoyed.  So, I was not surprised to enjoy this wine as well.

Paired with lamb or a meaty pizza, this barrel aged fruit forward wine would be a good choice.

A bold meat would tamper the mouthfeel and tannins nicely and allow the flavors to come through.

Have you tried this vintage?

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