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Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Yates Vineyard Mt. Veeder 2016  - First Bottle


97 James Suckling -
This is really great. Classic Napa cabernet with blackberries, currants, redwood, mushrooms and wet earth. Real mountain cabernet. Full-bodied, tight and framed. A beauty. Needs two or three years to open. Tiny production.
95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Yates Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple in color, it offers up intense scents of crushed black currants, ripe black plums and boysenberries with touches of cigar box, camphor, yeast extract, tapenade and charcuterie. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in poise, with beautifully balanced, plush tannins and seamless freshness supporting the intense fruit, finishing long and layered. 250 cases were made.
92 Wine Spectator -
Dark and winey, with lots of fig, blackberry and plum fruit that is well-steeped with licorice root, sage and warm earth notes. The fruit keeps pace on the grippy, tannin-driven finish. On the rugged and extracted side, so some patience, or a love of the style, is required. Best from 2023 through 2036. 250 cases made.

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • WinemakerHarry Hansen
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationMount Veeder
  • VineyardYates
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • Production250 Cases cases

Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Yates Vineyard Mt. Veeder 2016

Cabernet Blends  |  US
JS97, WA95, WS92

Too late, we are SOLD OUT!
We can cab sauv. this problem with this glorious and quite rare wine from the Yates vineyard perched on top of Mt. Veeder. We were allocated just a small handful of this 97 and 95 point rugged mountain cab so we won't say much more other than grab some quick!

About the Producer

As director of winemaking at Sterling Vineyards, Harry Hansen guides the production of the flagship Sterling Vineyards Iridium wine. Harry was raised in Sonoma County. After he graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a master’s degree in enology, he became a winemaker at Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma and Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo. In 2011, just before harvest, Harry joined Sterling Vineyards. “It’s a great privilege to make wine here,” he says. “At Sterling we enjoy unsurpassed vineyard resources, from Diamond Mountain to Rutherford, and our recently renovated, state-of-the-art cellar is the perfect place to blend grapes from these stellar terroirs into wines of intense varietal expression.”