The Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine is a glistening pale straw color in the glass
with ribbons of fine bubbles. The aromas of green apple, lemon citrus, pear
and lemon cream are distinct.
The Sterling Vineyards Blanc de Blancs is comprised of 100 percent Napa
Valley Chardonnay. The fruit comes from a single vineyard located in Yountville which
produces beautifully concentrated Chardonnay with excellent varietal character.
The current release highlights another great vintage throughout California. 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 and fruit flavors.
Winemaker Harry Hansen takes great care in crafting a beautiful expression of
Chardonnay for the base wine of this Blanc de Blancs. The Chardonnay fruit was
harvested in the cool morning hours and sent directly to press at the winery. Only
stainless steel is used during fermentation to preserve freshness. First and second
pressings are blended to add depth, layers of flavor and complexity. The sparkling
is made using the Charmat Method, or Cuveé Close, giving the final wine a delicate
but persistent effervescence.