The Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay is a luminous, light gold color in the glass with fragrant aromas of fresh lemon crème, citrus, crisp apple and toasted hazelnut. The inviting nose leads to a richly textured palate with flavors of citrus, stone fruit and a honey almond character. The wine is well-balanced between an elegant, creamy roundness and a line of bright acidity. The pleasing finish is persistent and flavorful.
The Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from a selection of prestigious vineyards throughout the region. This includes vineyards from the warmer, mid-valley area of Rutherford and Oak Knoll Ranch, giving the wine its plush roundness, fruit-forward characteristics. A small amount of Chardonnay fruit also comes from the southern, cooler reaches of the Carneros region adding balanced acidity to the rich fruit flavors.
The Chardonnay fruit was harvested in the cool morning hours and sent directly to press at the winery. The majority of the fruit was barrel fermented in French (75%) and American (25%) oak to impart rich texture and added spice notes. In the 2015 vintage only a small portion of the blend (10%) was fermented in stainless-steel tanks to capture bright fruit character and retain fresh acidity. The final wine is elegant and shows a core of beautiful fruit character with balanced, bright acidity.