An exploration of wine

251. Sterling Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley, 1999

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Book 2 Wine 251

$35.02; 14.1%

One more bought from the vineyard. The ’97 was excellent, so I left the ’99 for a year or so first. Good, but early maturity. Black ruby colour. Mid-intensity blackcurrant & bramble nose with hints of eucalyptus, leaf, cinnamon, oak and smoke, that integrated over time. Some aggressive tannin and acid which balanced well over time to reveal really juicy, sweet fruit, wrapped in careful oak, to a smooth finish. Will keep. Needs time on opening. Nice

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