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.
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?