The Sterling Vintner’s Collection Rosé is a luminous light-pink color in the glass with lifted aromas of strawberry, freshly picked summer berries and a subtle perfumed floral note. The elegant palate offers a richness that is balanced by a good line of bright acidity and flavors of pink citrus, jasmine tea and orange blossom. This rosé should be enjoyed in its youth, on its own, or alongside a variety of foods including fresh oysters, scallops, grilled chicken or even charcuterie.
Outstanding vineyard sources are the foundation for this wine. Carefully selected fruit from premier vineyards throughout California allow the winemaker to craft the best expression of each varietal. The Central Coast of California—namely the Edna Valley where the majority of the grapes were sourced for this rosé—offers incredible growing conditions including long, warm, sunny days tempered by cool ocean breezes.
2018 was a near perfect growing season. It began with abundant February rains followed by drying sun and weather allowing for even flowering and bud break. The quality of the fruit coming into the winery at harvest was excellent with grapes reaching optimum ripeness and spectacular concentration of aromas and flavor.
The 2018 Sterling Vintner’s Collection Rosé is predominately made from Zinfandel, Grenache and Pinot Noir, with Syrah, Merlot and Barbera grapes rounding out the blend. The fruit was picked in the cool hours of the early morning, brought to the winery and sent directly to press to preserve fruit flavors and to manage color and tannin extraction. As soon as fermentation was complete the wine was racked and chilled to maintain the bright fruit characteristics and crisp acidity.