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Vintage Non-Vintage
Wine Type Sparkling & Sweet
Varietal Sparkling Wine
Region California
Winemaker Harry Hansen

The Sparkling Rosé wine is an elegant pale salmon pink color in the glass with a delightfully persistent bead. The fresh aromas of strawberry, cherry blossom, rose petal and crisp apple lead to a lush palate where the aromas ring true. The wine offers upfront fruit flavors, yet is balanced by creamy texture and bright acidity. The effervescence of the wine lends to the crisp, clean finish.

Vineyard Notes

The current release of Sterling Vineyards Sparkling Rosé is comprised of 65 percent Chardonnay and 35 percent Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay comes from Yountville (Napa Valley) and Paris Valley Ranch (Monterey County), both estate vineyards that produce beautifully vibrant Chardonnay with excellent freshness. The Salinas Valley in Monterey County is a cool area influenced by the Pacific Ocean with its consistent cooling breezes and morning fog. Pinot Noir thrives in this area and the fruit offers bright, juicy fruit flavors with bright acidity.

Vintage Notes

The current release highlights another great vintage throughout California. Warm spring temperatures and even weather throughout the growing season led to an earlier than normal harvest for most of the Napa Valley and other regions throughout the state. California’s continued drought led to lower yields in the vineyards but produced fruit of exceptional quality and fruit flavors.

Winemaking Notes

Winemaker Harry Hansen takes great care in crafting a deliciously balanced base wine with notes of delicate strawberry and cherry, very creamy and fresh. Both the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir are fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness. The rose color is obtained through cold soaking the Pinot in press for several hours prior to pressing off the juice. First and second pressings are blended to add depth, layers of flavor and complexity. The sparkling is made using the Charmat Method, or Cuveé Close, giving the wine a delicate but persistent effervescence.
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