Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001, 87 points

Medium color, off nose but good taste.  I’m not really a huge Sterling fan but the reserve is worth a try.  I found it a little off from a typical Cabernet in that it was more of a earthy and Bordeaux style.  The nose was subdued with vegetable and cedar.  The palate hit the cedar strong.  The balance was a little off in that the heat and flavors were somewhat of a departure from each other. This was a little boring for a reserve. Palate was cedar, blackberry, chocolate and green pepper. Given all that, the taste was unique and is worth a try because it may be your style.

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