Deep ruby in color, with concentrated jammy fruit aromas of black berry and cassis. The wine has a big, rich, soft, albeit slightly chalky mouthfeel, with medium full body and a long vanillin flavored finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines5% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc. Here is the final proof that the new winemaking team at Sterling has hit its stride. Whereas one might have, a few years ago, expected a pinched, lean bottling, this one is ripe, rich, smooth, supple and outgoing, yet it is also a very mannerly wine without resorting to the high ripeness or pushy tannins that mar many of the vintage. Its mix of cherries and cassis is buttressed by creamy, slightly toasty oak, and the wine's late-arriving tannins give it the backbone ...