Californian vintner Peter Newton started Sterling Vineyards in 1964 and every since has been creating highly acclaimed classic Napa Valley wines using Old World varietals. As one of the forefather wineries of Napa Valley, Sterling Vineyards enjoys a bountiful heritage, having created groundbreaking wines, diverse vineyards, and a historical winery with stunning architecture.
Sterling Vineyards newly redesigned Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon both offer a robust palate that pairs great with winter fare. Even thought the holidays have come and gone, these two wines are exceptional, both to serve and as a gift. The Vintner’s Collection wines feature new silver labels with an embossed estate seal, making them quite stylish in appearance.
The varietal composition of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon uses grapes sourced from three main appellations on the California Central Coast: Paso Robles, Paicines, and San Lucas Valley. The grapes are harvested at their peak of ripeness, then frequent pump-overs during fermentation results in maximum flavor being extracted form the grapes. The wine is then aged in American and French oak barrels for 11 months to yield a sweet, toasty vanilla tones while building structure.
The Cabernet aromas are those of blueberry with accents of nutmeg and mocha spices. A smooth and supple palate of dark cherries, currants and spice provides a nice balance. Finishing with chocolaty tannins.
The 2015 Chardonnay, a varietal composition, capitalizes on the strengths of three different grapes grown at separate vineyards along the California Central Coast. The Paris Valley Ranch Vineyard grapes provide the tropical and citrus flavors. Whereas, the Red Hills Vineyard grapes add the flavors of apricot and melon. Finishing the blend with peach and orange blossom are the grapes from Edna Valley.
This California style chardonnay has notes of Gala apple, Bartlett pear with hints of pineapple. Pie spices and vanilla is also present from baking spices added during the aging process. Citrus is noted throughout extending until the finish.