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!
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Each year, our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon represents a snapshot of this world-renowned region and the vintage. Berry-like fruit aromas with cedar overtones highlight the dense, ripe fruit flavors and elegant finish of this wine. Aged in small oak barrels, this Cabernet Sauvignon is blended... more
Our 2010 Platinum delivers rich elegance cloaked in a dark profile. Opulent, brooding and incredibly black in every sense. Blackberry, black currant and black cherry, deep and layered with baker"s chocolate, tar, toast, clove and espresso. The intensity of flavors effortlessly unifies the palate,... more
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The wine is bright, and slightly golden straw in color. Floral aromas of ripe pineapple and Fuji apple are highlighted by vanilla, brown sugar scents and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Luscious, ripe, full fruit flavors are encompassed by a creme brule-like vanilla cream richness. The wine displays... more
A deep purple, red ruby hue, the nose shows elegant black plum fruit with layers of rose petals, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and anise, also hints of eucalyptus. On the palate, the wine is bright and well balanced with a rich mouthfeel. Flavors of ripe blackberry, plum and black cherry are followed... more
Deep ruby in color, with concentrated jammy fruit aromas of black berry and cassis. The wine has a big, rich, soft, albeit slightly chalky mouthfeel, with medium full body and a long vanillin flavored finish. more
Bright, pale straw color. Hints of honey, pear and ripe apricots in the nose, with orange blossom and lemon grass nuances. Ripe, bright, floral and juicy ruby grapefruit flavors. Broad, full mouthfeel with a crisp, clean, lengthy finish. This wine has a clean, bright, ripe elegance that leaves a... more
Frost in mid April reduced the expected heavy crop size to average or just below average yields. However the growing conditions from May through harvest were exceptionally good. Warm, but never overly hot weather, allowed the vines to grow healthy canopies and support the moderate crop. This... more
The 2000 Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot holds a deep garnet color and concentrated aromas of ripe plums, black cherries and lightly toasted oak expressing the wine's depth. Equally concentrated flavors of red jam, dark chocolate and vanilla are highlighted with subtle oak and light mint notes... more
Rich, honeyed fruit aromas with tons of caramel apple and vanilla cream. Big in the mouth with luscious caramelized fruit flavors. This wine has a seductive oily-silky texture and an incredibly long finish.Alcohol: 13.5% more
An elegant wine with a deep ruby hue. Black plum, boysenberry and blackberry aromas are layered with cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa and cedar. The flavors are well balanced with bright, ripe blackberry, plum and blackberry followed by nuances of nutmeg and clove with a long dark chocolate, soft tannin... more
Sterling Vineyards 2001 SVR was created from the finest grapes of this vintage. The individual lots were selected to display the highest intensity of flavor and varietal concentration. The blend was meticulously assembled, focusing on the synergy between the various Bordelaise varietal components.... more
Oak aromas of cream, vanilla and clove overlap with black cherry fruit, which continues to show on the palate. This Merlot should mellow and develop nicely with cellar age. more