Sterling Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s premier winery destinations, offers an array of distinct and beautifully crafted wines from its home appellation. The Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley wines show the depth, strength and incredible quality representative of California’s most famous wine region. The grapes for Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley wines are grown in 14 diverse and premium vineyards throughout the valley—from the cool southern Carneros region to the warm and rugged northernmost reaches of the valley near Calistoga. These incredible vineyards give Winemaker Harry Hansen some of the best Napa Valley fruit to select from and craft these unique, intensely flavored and expressive wines.
Contemporary and elegant, our 2016 West Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is dark in color
with red purple hues. On the nose aromas of mocha, boysenberry, currant, cooked
blackberry, toasted vanilla. The palate is a crowd pleaser with clove, lavender,
blueberry that leads into a long and seamless finish of black plum and mocha.
We sourced our grapes from three main appellations on the Central Coast to create
our classic California Cabernet Sauvignon. One of our favorite vineyards is in Paso
Robles, where large diurnal temperature swings produce big, spicy, berry flavors. From
Paicines, which is located in warm San Benito County, we added balance and richness,
which comes from the fruit’s dark, brambly flavors and ripe tannins. San Lucas Valley,
which has steady coastal breezes and slightly cooler overall temperatures, provided
the dynamic tannins and ripe, red fruit characters that added the perfect complement
to the overall profile
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. .
To achieve the rich varietal expression and approachable fruit profile in our Cabernet
Sauvignon, we harvested our fruit at the peak of ripeness, followed by frequent
pump-overs throughout fermentation. This constant contact between the skins and
juice enables maximum flavor extraction from the fruit. We then aged the wine for
approximately 10 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels to lend
sweet, toasty vanilla tones and build structure.