Platinum is a wine designed to bring a singular thought to life: great wines come from great vineyards, and never so much as when the winemaking and winegrowing teams work hand in hand to carefully nurture the finest fruit toward a well-rewarded harvest. Sterling Vineyards Platinum is the ultimate expression of our Napa Valley winemaking expertise.
The Sterling Vineyards Platinum Merlot is brilliant with black cherry, fresh plum and sweet vanilla spice pronounced on the nose. The seductive aromas lead to a juicy, plush mouthfeel where the core fruit flavors of wild berries and red fruit are underpinned by silky, milk chocolate notes. The wine is incredibly approachable with its soft yet plentiful tannins and is well-balanced with bright fruit, firm structure and good acidity.
2014 was a beautiful, near 'textbook' vintage for the Napa Valley along the lines of the recent outstanding vintages of 2012 and 2013. Although California's drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer temperatures remained mild and consistent, and grapes for the 2014 Platinum Merlot were harvested on September 16, 19 and 30.
Napa Valley Merlot is of the highest quality, and the region is famous for not only outstanding expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon but also Merlot. Napa Valley offers an ideal combination of topography, geology and climate that enables Merlot fruit to reach optimum ripeness, balance, power and finesse. For the 2014 Platinum Merlot, grapes were selected from Yountville, Oak Knoll and Diamond Mountain.
After being hand harvested and hand sorted upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were fermented on the skins for 14 days. The wine was then gently pressed, racked and aged for 19 months in 100% French oak. Each lot was kept separate until final blending, allowing Winemaker Harry Hansen the flexibility to select the most expressive individual barrels for the final Platinum Merlot blend.
Director of Winemaking Harry Hansen was raised in nearby Sonoma County. “One of my earliest memories of wine was the gallon jug of red wine that we always had at home. I would go with my father to a local winery, maybe in Kenwood or Healdsburg, to refill that jug and chit-chat with the winery proprietors. The aromas of those wines were always something attractive, somehow mysterious, but always memorable.”
Harry joined Sterling Vineyards and relocated to Napa Valley just before the 2011 Harvest. “The opportunity to join such a respected Napa Valley winery is exciting and a fantastic next step in my winemaking career. Sterling Vineyards is making some wonderful wines, and I look forward to taking that next step up in quality and reputation.”
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