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    Sterling SVR Reserve 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends - Napa Valley, California

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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 107518

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Our 2007 Sterling SVR Reserve is a compelling combination of intense, dark character and gracious, inviting approachability. Heady, complex aromas reveal layers of cherry-almond, black plum and licorice, with subtle oak spices. The intricate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc lends breadth to the palate, with fleshy fruit up front developing into bittersweet chocolate, espresso and toast notes toward the back. Dense, chewy tannins melt across the finish, followed by persistent fruit that lingers well after the wine has departed. A fine balance of rich flavors and bright acidity, this wine is a perfect fit for an elegant meal of roast lamb or braised short ribs.

    About the Vineyards
    Vineyards Our SVR is an expression of our winemaking style. We evaluate the characteristics of several varietals from different vineyards to create our ultimate reserve red wine. For 2007, we found the ideal balance of mountain, bench and valley fruit in grapes primarily from Diamond Mountain (33 percent), Yountville (33 percent) and Rutherford (16 percent). Each of these distinct regions contributes a unique profile, building intricate layers and complex character in this special reserve wine.

    Winemaking
    Each year, we evaluate grapes from our finest vineyards to craft a reserve blend that has a dense, dark fruit core and supple, chocolaty tannins. We want a wine that is complex and ageworthy, but accessible enough to enjoy right away. In 2007, our Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up 66 percent of the blend, showed fleshy, well-balanced fruit, which was perfectly complemented by the excellent structure and well-built tannins of our Merlot from up the valley. The remainder is Cabernet Franc, which so impressed us with its effusive aromas, rich texture and lovely chocolate-cherry and violet notes that we used it for 7 percent of the blend.

    Vintage
    The 2007 vintage was textbook perfect, with a long, even growing season and good warmth for small, concentrated grapes with vibrant flavors. Lower-than-average winter rainfall and a warm spring resulted in early budbreak, which was followed by moderate temperatures throughout the growing season. The cool conditions and long hangtime encouraged full phenolic ripeness and intense flavors in our grapes.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Just lovely to drink now, it's so softly lush and decadently delicious. Beguiles the palate with jammy, pastry flavors of raspberries, cherries and sweet oak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

    91 Points
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    User Reviews:

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    Don Radames Soto (4/21/2011)
    Great Merlot flavor complemented with dark fruit and balanced fruit......oak spices, cherry and chocolate aroma. Perfect with veal and churrasco.
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    Scott Myers (1/13/2011)
    This is a full bodied big & bold jem coming at you with plenty of cherry, vanilla and a hint of anise. Long finish with a very nice ending. Nice Napa Cab that is still maturing. Will be even better in a few years
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    Stuwardo (1/12/2011)
    Great wine.
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    Oban (9/16/2012)
    9/15/12 could be a 5
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    Gabriela Saldivar (9/12/2011)
    One of my favorites!!! LOVED it!
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    carpe vino (6/5/2011)
    A solid 4 stars now and should evolve to 5 within 5 to 10 years. Everything is there right now: fruit, acids, tannins but they just haven't harmonized yet. All the flavors are separate and distinct, not melding. Even decanting and aerating does not help them combine. I hold out great hope for this wine.
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    Fine Vines (4/8/2012)
    A very fine drinking wine. Just right.
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    Sparky G (9/17/2011)
    Good, but simply not as good as the 2006. I still drank them all.
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    vallentx (5/3/2011)
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    Stephen Jorgensen (6/21/2011)

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