Sterling SVR Reserve 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Graceful and beautifully balanced, the 2006 Sterling Vineyards SVR offers spicy deep plum and berry aromas laced with licorice, cedar, violet, dried herbs and Asian five-spice. The rich, concentrated cassis, caramel and toffee flavors are expansive and weighty. Fine-grain tannins softly structure the opulent flavors, while spicy cloves notes from barrel aging linger on the long, fruit-imbued finish. As one of our top-tier reserve wines, the SVR celebrates the synergy between Bordeaux-style grape varietals with an artistic blend focused on finesse and seductive layers of fruit expression.
Wine Enthusiast - "Beautiful now, with decanting, due to the generous fruit flavors and the way the oak shows them off. Dry and smooth, it brims with blackberry, cherry, red and black currant, blueberry, cocoa, anise and sandalwood and smoky flavors that go on and on. Should age, too. Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot and Petit Verdot."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Lively purple hue with a fuchsia rim. Fresh plum, blueberry and vanilla aromas. Rich layers of blackberry, toasted oak and mineral. Stylish, lengthy finish with plenty of promising black fruit."
Sterling Vineyards was born in the 1960s, a time when creativity and entrepreneurial spirit abounded, especially in California. In 1964, Peter Newton, once a paper broker in England, purchased 70 acres of land in Calistoga and became a Napa Valley winemaker. He planted grapes others did not, bottled varietals others did not, and built a dramatic winery with an aerial tramway. His innovations put Sterling Vineyards into the public eye and helped establish the Napa Valley as a premier travel destination.
When Newton began planting his estate, Cabernet Sauvignon was the preferred variety. He planted the esteemed Cabernet, but his decision to also plant Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot was a bold move. His Merlot vines were the first significant planting of that variety in the Napa Valley. Newton saw potential in the soft, velvety Merlot fruit, and in 1969 he took a chance by releasing California's first vintage-dated Merlot. This decision flew in the face of traditional standards, which held that Merlot was merely a blending grape, and forever changed the perception of red wine. People started to enter a restaurant and ask for a glass of Merlot! View all Sterling Vineyards Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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12 ratings, 8 with reviewsFred Medley - North Myrtle Beach, SC58/29/2010Sparky G - Simsbury, CT52/28/2011This blend is much better than the Wine New ratings state! I know I enjoy a Blend/Meritage more than the average RED drinker, but as you can see I have purchased my share. I am still enjoying.Paul Levine - Mamaroneck, NY311/16/2010John Glass - Santa Clara, CA49/2/2011SteveY - Willoughby, OH45/18/2011drinking beautifully now but will continue to evolve. needs decanting for an hour or two. fairly dry, with lots of red fruit, soft tannins, and acid. long finish.33/30/2011Steve and Ruthi - Lakeland, FL42/19/2011We took a few days off and went to the beach. Too cold to swim but this was one of the bottles we popped for casual drinking. Still young but improved steadily after opening. Nice fruit and balance after several hours. This has now become a regular favorite.l2ride - Haymarket, VA410/13/2010Very drinkable now and will age well. Great nose, with lots of fruit, blackberry, maybe plum, and a long stay around finish. This wine is unfiltered so a little sediment, but I really like it.John Balas - Marthasville, MO49/3/2010Received the shipment and opened the first bottle. The cork had "bleeding" which, I believe is from being subjected to heat. Nevertheless, the wine looked fine and tasted great.E. Lindberg - Lake Forest, CA44/16/2010A wonderful Bordeaux-style blend, with plenty of fruit to keep new-worlders interested. Complex bouquet, deep ruby color, solid structure, supple tannins, and rich blackberry notes that impressed. Give it plenty of breathing time, or cellar and enjoy later - this one will age gracefully!Larry Hanig - Mahwah, NJ34/20/2010Needs time - make sure to decant for an hour or more - still good, very tannic - I did enjoy but hoped for more26/24/2010one would think with the professional reviews that this would be a nice tasting wine. To the contrary I agree with another reviewer that it had too much tannin. If it was too young then fine say that. I could have gotten the same taste from a $10 bottle. I was disappointed to say the least.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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