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Concha y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2005
Concha y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2005
(search item no. 92784)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Dark, deep red.

Bouquet: Hints of berries, chocolate, cigar box, pepper and mineral notes.

Taste: Tasty and full-bodied with a bright, deep red color. It is an elegant, powerful wine which lingers in the mouth.

Enjoy this wine with red meats, cheeses, pastas and wild rabbit.

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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


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Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106463)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This age-worthy but ready to drink Cabernet Sauvignon boasts generous blueberry and cassis fruits tempered by savory notes of cedar, ink and black tea, as well as hints of anise and cinnamon. Tannins are ample but ripe, giving the wine balance and structure.
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About Lake Sonoma Winery:

Established in 1977, Lake Sonoma Winery follows a "best of the best" philosophy to produce wines that showcase Sonoma County character at its finest.

Lake Sonoma Winery focuses on the individual appellations in Northern Sonoma County where California’s top grape varieties achieve their ultimate expression of character. Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc come from Dry Creek Valley, where gravelly soils and a climate of warm days and cool nights produce intense fruit and impressive balance. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are grown in the very cool, often foggy Russian River Valley, where they develop rich, crisp character. Cabernet Sauvignon is drawn from Alexander Valley, where fertile soils and very warm climate result in mouthfilling character and smooth texture. The intrinsic excellence of these regions is enhanced by sustainable faming techniques in the vineyards, which uses natural amendments and controls to enrich the soil and combat pests.

To preserve and complement the extraordinary character of these grapes, Lake Sonoma Winery meticulously handcrafts each wine. Vineyard lots are kept separate until blending and aging in small oak barrels is tailored to each individual wine. Lake Sonoma Winery produces less than 25,000 cases annually, but every Lake Sonoma wine – through its bold flavors and intriguing complexity - makes a statement.



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Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 102688)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $12.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Known for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak Winery's intense, lively style. Forward fruit characters of black cherry and blackberry dominate the aromas, with underlying grace notes of dark chocolate and black pepper. In typical Geyser Peak style, the bright fruit is nicely supported by a restrained oak character. The palate is rich, round and lush, seamlessly pairing the cherry and berry fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla. The fine-grained tannins meld into a persistent, lingering finish.
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About Geyser Peak:

One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.

The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.



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Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 102169)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fresh, fragrant and seductively complex, the wine opens with vivid aromas of juicy berries mingled with the scent of violets and earthy black truffle. Sun-ripened black-fruit flavors of blackberry and plum are interwoven with subtle oak and a touch of chocolate on the long finish. Harmonious and generous, the wine has excellent density supported by big, velvety tannins.
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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


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Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2004
Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2004
(search item no. 107186)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $29.99

Winemaker's Notes:

70% Nero di Troia, 30% Montepulciano.

Dense garnet red in hue; complex nose offering ripe fruit, leather, tobacco leaf, and spice; dry and austere but very generous in the mouth, displaying an absolutely magisterial structure and a lingering, well-balanced finish.

The weight and elegance of this wine makes it the perfect companion to fine roasts, large game, meats in hearty sauces, and aged cheeses. Serve at cool room temperature after allowing to breathe.

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About Rivera:

The Rivera estate is located in Apulia near the town of Andria. Rivera is in the heart of the Castel del Monte DOC, which takes its name from the splendid castle built by Frederick The Second at the beginning of the 13th century. This area is known for the characteristic plateau of tufaceous and calcareous soil named 'Murge,' and the vine has flourished here since the times of Magna Grecia. Centuries of experimentation and selection have developed indigenous varieties that are perfectly suited to the local terroir and hot weather: Nero di Troia, Montepulciano, Aglianico, Bombino and Pampanuto.

Sebastiano de Corato founded Azienda Vinicola Rivera in the early 1950s. His son Carlo continued focusing on Nero di Troia and Montepulciano for the reds but also started experimenting with non-indigenous white grapes such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon. A long period of testing the adaptability of such Northern varieties to torrid Apulia was necessary, but the venture ultimately led to very successful results. The inclusion of such varietals in the Castel del Monte DOC represented an important step for Rivera and for Apulian viticulture as a whole. Carlo's sons, Sebastiano, and recently his brother Marco, have joined their father in the management of the estate.



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Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 104178)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pure ripe red fruit aromas with layers of earth and spice. Broad palate with plum fruit and hints of dried herb that lead to a finish with perfectly balanced tannin.

About the Vineyards
On land that has supported vines since the 1880s, our vineyard was the third property planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in what became the Stags Leap District, and fruit from this property helped establish the area's reputation in the 1970s. SOLO is produced entirely from grapes grown in this vineyard, which stretches across the rocky terraces and gentle slopes between the Silverado Trail and the Napa River. It displays all the ripe and complex fruit, supple texture, and solid structure that helped define the District, the most distinctive Cabernet-growing region in the Napa Valley.

Crafted entirely from grapes grown on Silverado's Stags Leap Vineyard surrounding the winery, SOLO has one driving philosophy: location. One of the first three vineyards planted to Cabernet in the appellation, Silverado's Stags Leap vineyard helped establish the reputation of the District. Specific clone selection, (Silverado's on Heritage Clone, UCD 30), micro block fermentation, a restrained approach to oak aging: everything Silverado does with SOLO is tailored to honor the purity of fruit which expresses this special site in the heart of Napa Valley.

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About Silverado Vineyards:

In the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District sits a rocky peak with a spectacular Mediterranean-style stone winery perched on top. That winery is the iconic Silverado Vineyards, established in 1981 by Ron and Diane Disney Miller. Thirty years later, three generations of Miller Family continue to source grapes entirely from their family-owned estate Napa vineyards. From berry to bottle, each vine growing and wine making step is dedicated to expressing the character of grapes grown on each of the wineries six historic vineyards. Expressing richness and age-worthiness, Silverado wines are unique, one-of-a-kind blends of superlative vineyard location and elegant winemaking style.


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Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 99358)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $17.77

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Flavors and aromas which are synonymous with Alexander Valley Cabernet such as cedar, tobacco, olive, licorice, cocoa, cassis and raspberry are all unveiled with this 2006 Lake Sonoma Winery release. Solid and lengthy tannins with balanced acid support and provide structure for complexity and aging.

This Alexander Valley Cabernet's full-bodied flavor pairs superbly with all grilled meats and roasts.

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About Lake Sonoma Winery:

Established in 1977, Lake Sonoma Winery follows a "best of the best" philosophy to produce wines that showcase Sonoma County character at its finest.

Lake Sonoma Winery focuses on the individual appellations in Northern Sonoma County where California’s top grape varieties achieve their ultimate expression of character. Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc come from Dry Creek Valley, where gravelly soils and a climate of warm days and cool nights produce intense fruit and impressive balance. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are grown in the very cool, often foggy Russian River Valley, where they develop rich, crisp character. Cabernet Sauvignon is drawn from Alexander Valley, where fertile soils and very warm climate result in mouthfilling character and smooth texture. The intrinsic excellence of these regions is enhanced by sustainable faming techniques in the vineyards, which uses natural amendments and controls to enrich the soil and combat pests.

To preserve and complement the extraordinary character of these grapes, Lake Sonoma Winery meticulously handcrafts each wine. Vineyard lots are kept separate until blending and aging in small oak barrels is tailored to each individual wine. Lake Sonoma Winery produces less than 25,000 cases annually, but every Lake Sonoma wine – through its bold flavors and intriguing complexity - makes a statement.



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Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 107285)
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This bright and lively wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. It shows aromas reminiscent of fresh Asian plum, blueberry pie, vanilla bean, all spice, with hints of eucalyptus and cigar box. It boasts a plush mouth feel that is soft on entry, framed by well structured tannins, a balanced acid profile and medium body. Flavors of mocha and chocolate covered cherries are apparent throughout the long and smooth finish. This wine can be
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About Round Pond:

Located in the acclaimed Rutherford region of Napa Valley, California, Round Pond is a family-owned and operated estate designed around our world-class vineyards, gardens and orchards. In an area renowned for the depth and complexity of its Cabernet Sauvignon, the extraordinary artisan olive oils, vinegars, and limited-production wines produced from our estate reflect our family’s dedication to crafting the finest specialty food items while working to preserve the natural integrity of this esteemed property.

At Round Pond, we believe that excellence is achieved through a seamless blend of Old World traditions and state-of-the-art innovation. We walk the vineyards and orchards daily and carefully tend to our grape vines and olive trees. All of our fruit is organically or sustainably farmed and hand-harvested. And though our mill is equipped with the finest modern technology, we perform all of our blending and bottling by hand in order to ensure the highest levels of quality. By combining the best of the old with the best of the new, Round Pond strives to create modern classics.



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Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 103159)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant and refined, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of rich black fruit laced with hints of dried herbs. The wine's deep connection to the soil is reflected in flavors of cassis, plum and black berries which are complemented by the essence of truffle, cedar and tobacco. Soft tannins and well integrated oak are balanced with a fine acidity to create a finish that will linger well after the last course has been cleared.

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About Frog's Leap:

Frog's Leap is an iconic California winery dedicated to organic farming, sustainable living and quality wines. Situated in the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley, Frog’s Leap produces wine under the leadership of John Williams, a former dairy farmer from New York who created the winery in 1981.

John Williams grew up in Western New York and originally attended Cornell University to extend his studies as a dairyman. A fortuitous work-study program at Taylor Wine Company and a few bottles of wine later, John entered the Enology and Viticulture Masters Program at UC Davis. Following Davis, he returned to the Finger Lakes as the start-up winemaker at Glenora Wine Cellars. Taking inspiration from his first Napa Valley winemaking post in the cellars of Stag's Leap, John began making wine commercially in 1981 and named the new operation "Frog's Leap."

Frog's Leap presents a relaxed approach to enjoying wine. An easy hospitality and warm sense of humor is juxtaposed with a more serious sensibility when making wine. Frog's Leap produces some of Napa Valley's finest wines and, undoubtedly, has one of the wine world's best mottos: "Time's Fun When You're Having Flies."

The wines produced range from Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. We have quite the line up to offer so we hope you’ll try one of these delicious wines that harmoniously combine quality, sustainability and value.

First certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in 1988 Frog's Leap has been a leader in the industry for over two decades. The winery relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests on a farm. Organic farming excludes the use of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators and genetically modified organisms. Organic farming involves mechanical weed control (via cultivating or hoeing) rather than herbicidal weed control.



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Sterling SVR Reserve 2007
Sterling SVR Reserve 2007
(search item no. 107518)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2007 Sterling SVR Reserve is a compelling combination of intense, dark character and gracious, inviting approachability. Heady, complex aromas reveal layers of cherry-almond, black plum and licorice, with subtle oak spices. The intricate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc lends breadth to the palate, with fleshy fruit up front developing into bittersweet chocolate, espresso and toast notes toward the back. Dense, chewy tannins melt across the finish, followed by persistent fruit that lingers well after the wine has departed. A fine balance of rich flavors and bright acidity, this wine is a perfect fit for an elegant meal of roast lamb or braised short ribs.

About the Vineyards
Vineyards Our SVR is an expression of our winemaking style. We evaluate the characteristics of several varietals from different vineyards to create our ultimate reserve red wine. For 2007, we found the ideal balance of mountain, bench and valley fruit in grapes primarily from Diamond Mountain (33 percent), Yountville (33 percent) and Rutherford (16 percent). Each of these distinct regions contributes a unique profile, building intricate layers and complex character in this special reserve wine.

Winemaking
Each year, we evaluate grapes from our finest vineyards to craft a reserve blend that has a dense, dark fruit core and supple, chocolaty tannins. We want a wine that is complex and ageworthy, but accessible enough to enjoy right away. In 2007, our Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up 66 percent of the blend, showed fleshy, well-balanced fruit, which was perfectly complemented by the excellent structure and well-built tannins of our Merlot from up the valley. The remainder is Cabernet Franc, which so impressed us with its effusive aromas, rich texture and lovely chocolate-cherry and violet notes that we used it for 7 percent of the blend.

Vintage
The 2007 vintage was textbook perfect, with a long, even growing season and good warmth for small, concentrated grapes with vibrant flavors. Lower-than-average winter rainfall and a warm spring resulted in early budbreak, which was followed by moderate temperatures throughout the growing season. The cool conditions and long hangtime encouraged full phenolic ripeness and intense flavors in our grapes.

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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!