Sterling Vineyards Platinum is the ultimate expression of our Napa Valley winemaking expertise. The 2014 Platinum is a homage of the first 100% Merlot released in Napa Valley by Sterling in 1969. 2014 was a classic vintage with warm weather and a long growing season, allowing the Merlot to ripen slowly on the wine. Lush and concentrated, this wine is crafted from the select lots and shows complex berry and cherry characteristics with hints of violet and cinnamon. Aged 19 months in 60% French Oak barrels, this wine has structure, balance and a lengthy finish.