91 Points - Wine Advocate
"Under the Sterling Vineyards Black Label, the 2010 Proprietary Red Platinum is a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec. It offers an impressive bouquet of spring flowers, blackberries, cassis, asphalt and a hint of charcoal. Rich, full textured and impressive, it is one of the most encouraging wines I have seen from Sterling. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years." - Robert Parker, October 2013
Blackberry, black currant and black cherry, deep and layered with baker’s chocolate, tar, toast, clove and espresso. The intensity of flavors effortlessly unifies the palate, joined by mouth-coating tannins that support and lift the long finish. “When experiencing this wine, it reminds me of stepping into a dark, wood-paneled library that envelopes your senses with its presence," describes Winemaker Alison Crary.
Our Platinum Reserve is made from grapes sourced from premier vineyards in Napa Valley. The triumvirate of Yountville, Rutherford and Diamond Mountain make up the majority of the blend. Within these sub-appellations, we selected several vineyards from varying topographies ranging from western hills, eastern hills and two bench sites. Each vineyard has well-drained, gravelly-loam soils with either east or west-facing aspects. The unique microclimates and soil compositions of the individual sites lend distinct personalities to each lot.
One of the coolest vintages on record, 2010 had mild temperatures throughout summer, which allowed for long hang times and incredible color and structure. Harvested in late October, the majority of our Platinum lots arrived in the winery before the big rainfall on October 21st. The remaining lots harvested after the rain were full of gorgeous and sound fruit, as a result of the hillside aspects of the blocks.
With cooler weather in 2010, harvest was later than average. Fruit hung on the vine well into late October, developing incredible color, structure and fruit maturity. To build texture and layers, we chose multiple vessels for fermentation and aging, including stainless steel tanks, one-ton fermentors and oak barrels. This allowed us to tailor our winemaking and draw forward each lot’s expressive individuality. Following fermentation and aging, our team worked with Consulting Winemaker Paul Hobbs, evaluating the profile of each lot and selecting the finest, most balanced blend for our Platinum.