Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sterling 2013 Vinter’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

20160116_195633Planning an event or large party? This sub-$20 California Cabernet might be just the ticket.

Deep Rooted History

Sterling Vineyards has a history in Napa Valley that dates to its founding in 1964. Since then it has grown to become one of the most recognized brands in the US Market.

It has several ranges of wines. The Reserve range features the Platinum label and some of those bottles top out at $100. Sterling is also well known for its Three Palms Vineyard Merlot.

Undoubtedly, Sterling knows how to produce fine wine. The most pervasive range of Sterling wine is the Vintner’s Collection. This is the affordable entry level range.

A Wine For The People

The Vintner’s Collection offers 11 different wines, all of them $17 or less. Wines in the Vintner’s Collection have California or Central Coast appellations.

They offer good quality wine at a price that won’t break the bank. If you have an event with 40 or 50 people, for example, you could entertain them all without taking out a loan.

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The Sterling 2013 Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon offers a bouquet of juicy blackberries. On the palate, the first impression is, “Yeah, this is definitely California Cabernet.”

The wine is medium bodied and fruit forward, with cherries in abundance. There is a hint of smoke and dark chocolate. This is a friendly wine. There are no heavy tannins, no complex earthy flavors for party guests to mentally unravel.

Sterling is a winery you can trust at a variety of price points. That takes a lot of uncertainty out of the party hosting game. It’s a refreshingly good value.

Full Disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.

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