2007 Sterling SVR Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Year: 2007
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Red Wine
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"Sleek, elegant and stylish, with a trim, complex band of spicy, cedary currant, mineral, anise and blackberry flavors. Tight and full-bodied, with the best years ahead of it. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2012 through 2020. 5,795 cases made." (WS)

"There are Cabernets that sometimes beg for both patience and an extra bit of faith in the future, and this dense, tightly bound bottling is just such wine. It is at once both solidly fruited and on the hard and angular side with ample tannins leaving it a bit austere at the finish. A half-dozen years seems a minimum wait, and we could easily see it needing upwards of a decade before fully blooming. Reviewed: December 2010" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Decadent dark-fruit aromas open our 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Fragrant spices lift through layers of dark cherries and black cassis, developing an intense perfume of licorice, cocoa powder and black pepper when swirled. With great length and breadth, the fruit spans across the broad palate, matched by espresso, vanilla, and anise. The tannins are dense and fleshy, effortlessly supporting the rich, full body and suggesting a long life.

Each year, we select the best fruit from a variety of vineyards in Napa Valley to create a well-balanced wine that is the ultimate expression of the vintage. In 2007, a majority of the grapes came from three regions: Yountville, Diamond Mountain and Rutherford. The cooler vineyards in Yountville provided fruit with intense color and tight structure. Diamond Mountain grapes brought aromatics, fleshiness and weight, and the Rutherford fruit smoothed the edges with its soft, supple, rounded flavors.

A beautiful vintage, 2007 gave us amazing fruit, with intense flavors and supple, sensuous tannins. “Our job,” explains Winemaker Mike Westrick, “was to showcase the gift Mother Nature gave us, creating a structural frame around an already well-developed painting.” Small lots were fermented individually with regular pump-overs to gently extract the depth of character from each site. When fermentation and aging were complete, we evaluated each lot and blended the individual pieces together into a harmonious whole that shows bold flavors up front and a healthy structure and big backbone, ideal for aging.

The 2007 vintage was textbook perfect. Low winter rainfall and a warm spring resulted in early budbreak. Moderate temperatures throughout the growing season allowed the grapes to hang as long as they needed to in order to develop full phenolic ripeness and maturity. The resulting fruit showed intense flavors and aromas, balanced by good acids and supple tannins.