Vintage 2016
Wine Type White
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
Region California
Winemaker Harry Hansen
Sterling Vintner’s Collection is synonymous with outstanding wine of the highest quality from some of the finest vineyards and appellations throughout California. This collection of wines expresses distinct character and charm capturing the most virtuous characteristics of each varietal produced. With a diverse and approachable selection, Sterling Vintner’s Collection offers unique, delicious, award-winning wines crafted by skillful winemaking hands.

Tasting Notes

The Sterling Vintner’s Collection Sauvignon Blanc offers vivid aromas of passion fruit, fresh pink grapefruit, lemon citrus and subtle fresh-cut grass notes. The nose leads to a mouth-watering palate where juicy flavors of citrus and stone fruit ring true. The wine offers pleasing fruit weight and balanced acidity leading to a lengthy, flavorful finish. A perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood and salads or enjoyed on its own.

Vineyards

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 fine Sauvignon Blanc. The Central Coast of California, where the majority of this Sauvignon Blanc is sourced, offers incredible growing conditions including long, warm, sunny days tempered by cool ocean breezes.

Vintage

The 2016 growing season was marked by an early harvest with normal yields and exceptional quality. The consistent and smooth growing season followed welcome winter rains that helped ease California’s persistent drought. The condition of the fruit coming into the winery at harvest was excellent with grapes reaching optimum ripeness and spectacular flavor.

Winemaking

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were picked in the cool hours of the early morning and brought directly into the winery and sent to press. The Sauvignon Blanc was fermented in predominately stainless steel to retain the crisp fruit-forward flavors of the varietal. The wine is fermented quickly, bottled early and is best enjoyed well-chilled in its youth.
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