Thursday, December 6, 2012
An Old Friend Revisited
Last spring while wondering through a wine store there was an unadvertised sale and the 2008 Sterling SVR Reserve was on sale for $40. The wine is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. I opened it last night with one of the last steaks from the grill before the December weather turns very crappy in this area.
Nothing shy about this wine and a strip steak was just about the perfect accompaniment. The wine was muscular but still supple with flavors of berries and medium dark cherries. Their was a brightness up front to the fruit and a crispness from good acid. There was a good amount of tannin here so the finish was very dry. There were also some spices in the finish, hints of both vanilla and cinnamon and just a suggestion of sweetness. All together it was quite a nice wine. I'm not so sure that the $60 original price was fair, but it is a very good wine at $40.
It was nice to get reacquainted with Sterling and while they might not have the status they once had this was a good wine.
2008 Sterling Vineyards SVR Reserve. 14.9% alcohol and $40 on sale.