Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The brilliant white stucco stands out dramatically against the rugged Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank each side of Napa Valley. Mount Saint Helena makes a lovely distant backdrop.
Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from the southern half of Napa Valley, including vineyards in the cool Cameros region as well as the warmer Rutherford region.
After grapes for Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay are harvested during the coolest hours, they go directly to press as whole clusters.The majority of Chardonnay, is barrel fermented in a selection of oak for rich depth and texture. Chardonnay ages for 12 months or more in barrel on its yeast lees. Select portions of Chardonnay for the blend may undergo malolactic fermentation, in which harsher malic acid is converted to softer lactic acid. Continual stirring of the lees gives our Chardonnay wines a creamy, toasty mouthfeel that complements their elegant, fresh fruit aromas and flavors, of fresh pear and ripe apple that mingle with vanilla and oak spice from barrel fermentation and aging.
Tasting Date: March 2011
Country: Napa, Caifornia, United States
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $19.99