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18 Ratings
Sterling SVR Reserve

Wine Description

Our SVR Reserve blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Verdot into powerful wine that marries concentrated richness with an inviting approachability. Winemaker Alison Crary characterizes the wine's intense, oak-influenced character as a "black profile" showing graphite, licorice, cedar and mocha over dark cherry and ripe plum. The fruit of this vintage is more subdued than usual, adopting barrel notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate as the dominant flavors. Chewy tannins structure the finish as red fruit, dark chocolate and brown sugar linger on the finish.

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    Tart front with tannins and Carmel back. Not much nose. Very nice Napa rd.

    over 10 years
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    nice color... bouquet was fine... but no texture... thin finish.

    about 10 years
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    about 8 years
Expert Reviews
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine