Vintage 2018
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region California
Winemaker Harry Hansen
Sterling Vineyards wines express true varietal character—that set of aromas and flavors a grape variety develops when grown in the terroir that suits it best. Carefully selected winemaking methods highlight each wine’s unique personality and guarantee the high-quality that distinguishes our reputation. Sterling Vintner’s Collection offers hand-crafted, approachable selections sourced from diverse terroirs and priced to be enjoyed every day.

Tasting Notes

Our charming 2018 Chardonnay is gracious with vibrant fruit and supple texture. Apricot, pear and hints of peach and pineapple are layered by toasty maple, vanilla and pie spice notes. The palate is long and round with rich viscosity that comes from malolactic fermentation and the combination of oak aging with lees stirring. Clean, ripe citrus flavors extend the finish and add a refreshing lift to the rich fruit. A go-to Chardonnay, this wine pairs perfectly with any occasion. Enjoy it with grilled chicken, seafood or light pastas.


We sourced our Chardonnay from several vineyards along California’s Central Coast. Influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean, these coastal sites have a cool marine influence that allows the fruit to mature slowly for bright, balanced flavors. Our Paris Valley Ranch Vineyard, which is nestled against the foothills of southern Monterey County, produces rich tropical and bright citrus flavors. Warmer daytime temperatures and nighttime cooldowns at our Red Hills Vineyard in Paso Robles result in riper flavors of apricot and melon. The remainder comes from Paicines, a unique region nestled in the Pinnacles mountain range that offers more of the Bartlett pear and baked red apple notes.


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 grapes for our Chardonnay were harvested in the cool morning hours. To preserve the fruit character, we maintained these low temperatures for a majority of the fruit through fermentation. We fermented the juice from these grapes with a combination of French and American oak to support the fruit and add subtle notes of baking spices. Additional weightiness was achieved with malolactic fermentation and regular lees stirring.