Wine Whore Score = 6.75/10 Points (stats below)

This week�s Wise Wine of the Week is Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, California '06 which sells for about $10/bottle. I find this one pretty much anywhere including local supermarkets and wine/liquor stores.

As part of the Sterling Vineyards collection, this 2006 Vintner�s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon has a lot of great character. While I would not venture to say that it is as full bodied and delicious as some of its more expensive counterparts, it is definitely tasty for its price range.

While Sterling Vineyards is located via a quick cable car ride in Calistoga, CA, the Vintner�s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three main growing regions: Monterrey, Paso Robles and San Benito. These areas are well known for lousy soil conditions and moderate climate with cool breezes at night which contribute to very concentrated grapes with good depth and tight tannin structure.

Recommended food pairing:
Being a huge cab fan myself, I can eat pretty much anything with this wine. Sterling recommends however pairing this cab with rich foods such as roast lamb, steak au poivre, or potatoes au gratin.

Vintage Info:
�Patience was a winning virtue in 2006. Overall the growing season was cooler than normal. Low spring temperatures delayed bud-break by approximately three weeks but by June, fruit set and flowering was well developed. A short heat wave in July gave the vines a needed boost to catch up to a typical growing season. Cool, even weather persevered throughout the fall, enabling the grapes to develop good intensity and concentration of fruit. Ideal conditions remained through harvest and daily diligence was greatly rewarded with vibrant fruit flavors and good acid levels.�

Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: California
Sugar: Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 12 Months: 80% French Oak, 20% American Oak. 25% New Oak.
Alcohol %: 13.9

Wine Whore Score:

This wine comes in with a total of 27 points and an average score of 6.75. While cost and availability are its strong points, it still has a great taste and is rather enjoyable for an everyday wine.

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