Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Central Coast, USA

The 70′s were a decade of importance for two icons of California culture: The beefing up of Cabernet Sauvignon wines and the birth of L.A. Metal. Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is great way to get into that mood, without having to grow your hair!

Wine makers and rockers had enough of their Peaceful, Easy Feelings and decided stomp on the distortion pedal. For wine makers, that meant cranking the toasting of their barrels up to 11 which resulted in wines that swaggered, even though the rest of the world accused them of stuffing a pair of socks down their trousers. Rockers traded in their beads and for hairspray and and high top sneakers. They all had fun doing it, and some of them got rich in the process.

Flash forward to now: most of those rockers have long since gotten hair cuts and real jobs a few of the successful ones are still out on the road, cranking out the classics on the arena circuits. Those wine making techniques pushed in the 70′s are not showing the same wrinkles as the rockers, they have in many cases gone on to influence wine making in many new world areas and even back in the old world. The Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is a smokey, tannin rich wine that is as typical of California wine production as a Fender Stratocaster is to the rock world – often imitated, rarely equalled.

Blackberry and Vanilla come through the powerful flavour with a dark chocolate finish. This wine does rock out, but where some California Cabs try to go for an Eddie Van Halen ego stroking “Eruption” guitar solo, this wine has a David Lee Roth side that puts the accent on accessibility and good-time vibes. Plug into VH’s toe-tapper “Dance the Night Away” and hold an air guitar contest with your guests using a bottle of this wine.

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.


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