Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Red Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Harry Hansen
Sterling was built on the love of classic Bordeaux-style varietals which was the inspiration behind this wine.

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Winemaker’s Select Red Wine is a gorgeous Napa representation of the classic Bordeaux blend. Featuring predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, the wine exhibits inviting cassis, red plum, and floral aromatics. On the palate, juicy dark cherry, black currant fruit flavors blend with savory spice and leather notes. For those desiring to enjoy today, decant for 1 hour and serve with robustly flavored foods.

Vineyard Notes

We sourced our grapes from select vineyards throughout Napa Valley, building complexity and layers from multiple sites. We placed a special emphasis on cooler climate sub-AVAs, such as Yountville, Mount Veeder, and Oak Knoll. The cooler vineyards offer a bright clarity of fruit, with vibrant notes of red plum and cassis that persist through the palate.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 growing season in the Napa Valley was of outstanding quality marked with ideal weather throughout and no issues from frost, heat spikes or rain. The continuation of California’s drought brought a dry winter followed by a dry and early spring with an early bud break. Weather was warm and consistent throughout late spring and summer which allowed for full development in the grapes. Harvest began in August, and although overall crop loads were low due to continued drought conditions the quality and depth of flavor of the fruit was excellent.

Winemakers Note

Aged for 20 months in 100% French oak, 50% new, this wine is well-balanced and structured for aging in the medium term. The final varietal composition consists of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Petite Sirah