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The Sterling West Coast Red Blend is focused, contemporary and a wine that enhances
great conversation. Lush strawberry and generous cherry flavors lead into silky and
Outstanding vineyards are the foundation for this wine. Carefully selected fruit
from premier vineyards throughout California allow the winemaker to craft the best
expression of the fine varieties used to make this unique blend. This includes an
ideal mix of cooler, coastal fruit as well as grapes from the warmer, interior region
of California. These growing areas work well together and offer unique growing
conditions including long, warm, sunny days tempered by cool ocean breezes.
2016 was another brilliant growing season for most of California, although prolonged
drought conditions continued resulting in lower yields in the vineyards. The conditions
throughout the growing season were consistent, even and warm with few unbearable,
damaging heat spikes. California did experience a wet October, but most grapes were
already picked and safely in the winery before the rains began. Overall, the quality and
fruit characteristics in this vintage were very good with well-developed flavor profiles
and excellent color development.
The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness and sent directly to the winery. Once in
the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for two days followed by fermentation. The
different varieties and lots were kept separate through the fermentation process and
only came together at the final stage when the winemaker assembled the final blend
before bottling. The wine was aged for ten months in a combination of French and
American oak to integrate flavors and soften tannins. The final blend includes Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Malbec and Petit Verdot.