The Sterling Vineyards 2016 Sparkling Rosé wine is comprised of 70 percent
Chardonnay (Napa County) and 30 percent Pinot Noir (Monterey County). The
Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from a single vineyard located in Yountville that
produces beautifully concentrated Chardonnay with excellent varietal character.
Monterey County is a cool region influenced by the Pacific Ocean and its consistent
cooling breezes and morning fog. Pinot Noir thrives in this area and the fruit from
this region offers bright, juicy fruit flavors with good structure and acidity levels.
2016 was another great vintage throughout California, on par with the previous
wonderful 2015 vintage. 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, concentrated fruit
flavors and color.
Winemaker Harry Hansen takes great care in crafting a deliciously balanced base
wine that highlights the delicate strawberry and cherry blossom aromas and flavors.
Both the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir are fermented in stainless steel to preserve
freshness. First and second pressings are blended to add depth, layers of flavor
and complexity. The Pinot Noir remains on skins for a limited amount of time to
extract subtle color and some tannin which gives the final wine balanced structure.
The sparkling is made using the Charmat Method, or Cuveé Close, giving the wine a
delicate but persistent effervescence.