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2015 Sterling Vineyards Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8199855 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
braar 3 $110 $330
3 $110
Item Sold Amount Date
I8257111 1 $100 Jun 5, 2022
I8199855 3 $110 May 1, 2022
I8179655 1 $110 Apr 17, 2022
I8171626 1 $110 Apr 10, 2022
I8131503 1 $120 Mar 6, 2022
I8118862 5 $120 Feb 20, 2022
I8103468 1 $125 Jan 30, 2022
I8099971 2 $135 Jan 30, 2022
I8066693 1 $125 Jan 16, 2022
I8058416 3 $125 Jan 9, 2022
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RATINGS

97James Suckling

Dark cherries, black plums, mulberries, granite, olives, graphite and lead pencil. Full-bodied with chewy and very structured, velvety tannins that melt together on the center palate. A very complete wine that maintains a great sense of poise and finesse, while packing a real punch of concentration. Very long on the finish.

93The Wine Advocate

...reveals crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and bay leaves with hints of incense, baking spices, Sichuan pepper and underbrush plus a touch of wood smoke. Medium to full-bodied with a firm, chewy structure and plenty of earthy layers, it finishes on a mineral note.

91Wine Spectator

A flashy style, with creamy plum, boysenberry and cherry flavors, laced with melted red licorice and mulling spice notes. Features just enough spine to stay together on the finish.

91Wine Enthusiast

Grippy and with a baked fruit quality, it tastes of plum, dried cherry and currant, with a soft rounded midpalate of leather, coffee and cedar. The finish continues to grip.

PRODUCER

Sterling Vineyards

Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga was founded in 1964 by Peter Newton, an English businessman and journalist. The first commercial vintage was the 1969 Merlot. Ric Forman was the winemaker for the early vintages, which were made in a Bordeaux style. In 1977 the estate was sold to Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and in 1983 it was purchased by Seagram. Today the estate owns more than 700 acres and makes a large portfolio of wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Riesling and Pinot Grigio.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.