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USA, Chardonnay, Sterling Vineyards, Reserve, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Nose/ Pronounced California-style butterscotch signature. Adding to that, thankfully, are nice white flowers and a potent, delightful, incense. Light toast. Spring water. Taste/ Medium mouthfeel. Thick and coating yellow and tropical fruits, stewed with hay. Decent minerality and some good acid work. An overall soft structure, with a decidedly round finish. For the $50 price […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sterling, Diamond Mountain Ranch, 1995

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N/ Old oaks, flint, gunpowder. Dry black earth. Smoked plums. Lovely for first 30 minutes, then began smelling a tad of steel and rust. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel (likely due to old age).  Sharp. Clean but somewhat dusty texture. Old,  oak-stewed blackberries and black cherries. Hints of a brilliant structure and layering that must have […]

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