Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve 2008

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Sweeping aromas of toffee, nutmeg and clove settle on rich apple pie, baked pear and macerated Meyer lemon in the pot...

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Very bright nose with notes of pineapple, bacon, and toasty oak over creamy key lime pie. This opens with a rich mouthfeel underpinned with bright ... Read more

Fat and buttery nose makes me think of a big plate of fettucini alfredo. It's creamy and smooth, with medium acidity and a bit more cream. Noticing... Read more

Big oaky buttery nose, w/ avocado and bacon on the palate. Has a good acidity backbone, nice length. Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,100
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/15/2011

Very bright nose with notes of pineapple, bacon, and toasty oak over creamy key lime pie. This opens with a rich mouthfeel underpinned with bright acidity. It’s got slightly orange toned creamy fruit on entry and a creamy mid-palate with more tropical pineapple and slightly guava toned notes that lead to a vanilla and honey topped finish. The modest finish shows some heat and a lightly spicy, creamy finale. 88pts


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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/26/2011

Fat and buttery nose makes me think of a big plate of fettucini alfredo. It's creamy and smooth, with medium acidity and a bit more cream. Noticing a pattern of cream, and I do like it.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/26/2011

Big oaky buttery nose, w/ avocado and bacon on the palate. Has a good acidity backbone, nice length.


Snooth User: Mimi Kim
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/05/2011

Like the other reviews say, mostly buttery and oaky, with a little bit of acid. Very bold and flavorful -- to keep in mind when pairing with food.


Snooth User: Hana Choi
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/04/2011

Soft, buttery and oaky - usually characteristics I'm not so drawn to, but really enjoyable. Hint of spice and citrus. Really nice to drink and would love to pair with food!


Snooth User: ragflyer
15620346
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/01/2010

The upper end of from solid winery! This wine is NOT readily available, but for those wishing to experience an upper end Chard, this wine is akin to Rambauer; stone fruit, peach and late season stone fruit, deep sweet apple tones, with a very light hint of vanilla on the finish. Well structured from front to finish.


Snooth User: Frugal Wino
15039331
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 03/12/2009

One of my favorite Chard's despite it's less than 90 rating by Connoisseurs' Guide, Feb 08 (they gave it an 85). Wine Spectator gave it a 90. I give it a two thumbs up! Bright inviting straw color. Pear and floral with a slight toasty oak overtone. Velvety medium body with a lingering finish of buttery vanilla that makes me think of buttered popcorn. I love it.


External Reviews for Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve

External Review
Vintage: 2007 04/12/2011

90 Points - Wine Spectator Sweeping aromas of toffee, nutmeg and clove settle on rich apple pie, baked pear and macerated Meyer lemon in the potent, polished profile of our 2007 Reserve Chardonnay. C


External Review
Vintage: 2006 02/03/2010

The opulent tropical and floral aromas meld with luscious ripe pear and apple flavors, framed by a lingering, nutty, toasty-vanilla finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 03/27/2010

Rich and complex, our 2006 Reserve Chardonnay reveals lush aromas of ripe apple, pear, flowers, creme brulee and toasty oak. The beautifully balanced flavors first mirror the fruity aromas, and then pick up yellow peach, light honey and hazelnut notes mid-palate. You?ll find an intriguing clove note on the expansive, fruit-imbued finish. Pair our Reserve Chardonnay with rich and creamy first courses or entrees, like lobster bisque, smoked salmon crepes or pasta with four cheeses.At the winery, we gently pressed the grapes, allowed the juice to settle and then transferred the juice to small barrels for the primary fermentation. To round and soften the acidity, we allowed half of the wine to complete malolactic fermentation. We stirred the wine (batonnage) every three weeks to re-suspend the yeast lees and integrate flavors. More than a year of sur lie aging in oak barrels enhanced this wine?s creamy texture and long finish, while contributing hints of oak spice.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 06/29/2009

Tight and still a bit coarse in texture, showing a spicy, subtle citrus, green apple and pear focus, with hints of hazelnut on the finish. Gains complexity. This is worthy of short-term cellaring.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 11/08/2009

Tight and still a bit coarse in texture, showing a spicy, subtle citrus, green apple and pear focus, with hints of hazelnut on the finish. Gains complexity. This is worthy of short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2012. 1,500 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2005 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2005 11/05/2009

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2005 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Quarterly Review of Wine ReviewIs marked by toasty oak nuances supporting bright, ripe apple and pear-like fruit perceptions. All winemaking techniques have come together in a seamless whole with attractive aromatics and rich, creamy mouthfeel.Wine Tasting NotesThe Sterling Reserve Chardonnay is a brilliant golden straw color. The wine opens with an inviting bouquet of ripe pear, apple pie, toasty/smoky oak and caramel with slight floral overtones. A soft, creamy entry is followed by flavors of caramel apple, ripe pear, honey and hazelnuts. This rich, complex wine is wonderful with baked salmon in dill cream sauce and with tarragon chicken.


Ratings & Tags for Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve

703431 Snooth User: aboleyn
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2.00 5
2005 01/05/2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Sweeping aromas of toffee, nutmeg and clove settle on rich apple pie, baked pear and macerated Meyer lemon in the potent, polished profile of our 2008 Reserve Chardonnay. Citrus notes grace round Gala apples and poached pears on the entry, and then dive into toast and crème brûlée. Tropical fruit expands through the finish, touched by a hint of caramel and baking spice. With refined acidity and a clean palate, this is a wine to enjoy with food; try pork chops stuffed with apples and rosemary or steamed lobsters with drawn butter. Of course, a succulent turkey with this buttery Chardonnay always makes the perfect holiday centerpiece!

Sweeping aromas of toffee, nutmeg and clove settle on rich apple pie, baked pear and macerated Meyer lemon in the potent, polished profile of our 2008 Reserve Chardonnay. Citrus notes grace round Gala apples and poached pears on the entry, and then dive into toast and crème brûlée. Tropical fruit expands through the finish, touched by a hint of caramel and baking spice. With refined acidity and a clean palate, this is a wine to enjoy with food; try pork chops stuffed with apples and rosemary or steamed lobsters with drawn butter. Of course, a succulent turkey with this buttery Chardonnay always makes the perfect holiday centerpiece!

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