Tuesday, February 1, 2011

***+ $ Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Central Coast, CA - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: The Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, hails from the Central Coast, California. It was aged in barrel and finished at a modest (by today's new world standards) 13.5% alcohol.

Original review, December, 2009:

In the glass: Deep dark burgundy/purple. Opaque about a half inch in from the sides of the glass.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously, you get a creamy deep black cherry aroma, hints of vanilla from the oak.

On the palate: First note is an easy, lightly sweet middle palate, bringing blackberries and a touch of charcoal dust. Following the initial burst, more fresh plum flavors move with the tannins to your cheeks.

And the finish: Tannins tighten up with plum and acids, leaving length in your cheeks.

In summary: Middle-weight classic and pleasant cabernet sauvignon experience. Three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with potential for a couple years in the bottle, an hour or two in the decanter, or a day or two under vac-u-vin in a partial bottle.

Following long decant, one day under vacuum in partially-filled bottle... Aroma has faded, but retains similar characteristics. Palate is actually slightly better-knitted together now, though the charcoal dust is still a bit of a discordant note. Suggests a year or so in bottle wouldn't hurt.

Updated review, one year later, January, 2011:  Color and aromas are consistent.  On the palate, you find a nicely knitted sweet red fruit on the mid-palate, with supporting tannins and acids.  Any discordant charcoal has weaved into the whole, offering just a hint of seriousness to the mix.  A plus gets added to the three stars for balance, making this a great value.

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  1. It's an interesting idea to do a review with the same wine a year later, a good way to test the consistency of your tastebuds

  2. I recently reviewed the 2009 and two observations I had were exactly the same as the above review of the 2006. The first was the deep black cherry flavor and the second was how the tannins really affected my cheeks. Looks like the winemaker is consistant from year to year.