An exploration of wine

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

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Book 2 Wine 342

$35.02; 14.1%

Cracked another bottle of this to see its evolution, and to welcome Lucy, my 1-month flatmate! I’d say that this is coming pretty close to its best. It doesn’t have quite enough structure to last more than a couple more years. But that’s fine, because this is very easy drinking now, and to be enjoyed. Deep ruby-garnet colour, with a narrow, garnet rim. Intense cinnamon and toasty-oak spice lead on the nose, but with gentle vanilla, and a black fruit core still very much evident. Caramel, chocolate and vanilla notes continue to emerge. Ripe, full flavour. Svelte, slinky dark fruit and rich, sweet spicy oak palate, with again caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Good length and plenty of body. Some freshness of acidity, and ripe tannin.

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