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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Sterling Napa Chardonnay 2007
Sterling Napa Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 96153)
green wine


PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $16.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2007 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay displays elegant ripe apple and lemon-custard aromas, with intriguing floral and cinnamon-spice notes. Lush tropical fruit and poached pear flavors culminate in a lemon soufflé finish. We enhanced the wine's weighty texture and exquisite balance of toasty oak by fermenting the juice entirely in small barrels and gently stirring the yeast lees during partial (70 percent) malolactic fermentation and sur lie barrel aging. We selected a combination of French, American and Hungarian barrels to add an array of oak nuances.

Lightly chilled, this wine pairs perfectly with many foods, from appetizers to entrées. Try it with a calamari appetizer or a late morning brunch of eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. Pour it with chicken, either grilled or topping a Caesar salad. For a decadent candlelight dinner, marry it with rich, succulent lobster. Enjoy!

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About Sterling Vineyards:

Sterling Vineyards was born in the 1960s, a time when creativity and entrepreneurial spirit abounded, especially in California. In 1964, Peter Newton, once a paper broker in England, purchased 70 acres of land in Calistoga and became a Napa Valley winemaker. He planted grapes others did not, bottled varietals others did not, and built a dramatic winery with an aerial tramway. His innovations put Sterling Vineyards into the public eye and helped establish the Napa Valley as a premier travel destination.

When Newton began planting his estate, Cabernet Sauvignon was the preferred variety. He planted the esteemed Cabernet, but his decision to also plant Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot was a bold move. His Merlot vines were the first significant planting of that variety in the Napa Valley. Newton saw potential in the soft, velvety Merlot fruit, and in 1969 he took a chance by releasing California's first vintage-dated Merlot. This decision flew in the face of traditional standards, which held that Merlot was merely a blending grape, and forever changed the perception of red wine. People started to enter a restaurant and ask for a glass of Merlot!