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We Speak Wine USD 8.95 750ml

Sterling Vintner's Collection Dark Red Blend 2016

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VINTAGE: 2016 was another brilliant growing season for most of California, although prolonged drought conditions continued resulting in lower yields in the vineyards. The conditions throughout the growing season were consistent, even and warm with few unbearable, damaging heat spikes. California did experience a wet October, but most grapes were already picked and safely in the winery before the rains began. Overall, the quality and fruit characteristics in this vintage were very good with well-developed flavor profiles and excellent color development. VINEYARDS: Outstanding vineyards are the foundation for this wine. Carefully selected fruit from premier vineyards throughout California allow the winemaker to craft the best expression of the fine varieties used to make this unique blend. This includes an ideal mix of cooler, coastal fruit as well as grapes from the warmer, interior region of California. These growing areas work well together and offer unique growing conditions including long, warm, sunny days tempered by cool ocean breezes. WINEMAKING: The Merlot and Petit Sirah grapes were picked at optimum ripeness and sent directly to the winery. Once in the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for two days followed by fermentation. The different varieties and lots were kept separate through the fermentation process and only came together at the final stage when the winemaker assembled the final blend before bottling. The wine was aged for six months in a combination of French and American oak to integrate flavors and soften tannins. TASTING NOTES: The Sterling Vintner’s Collection Dark Red is a decadent blend of two of the most alluring and rich red varieties: Merlot and Petit Sirah. The deep garnet-colored wine opens with vibrant aromas of black plum, blackberry and warm cardamom spice. The velvety-textured palate is expansive with intense flavors of baked boysenberry, mocha and layers of mouthwatering juicy fruit. The well-integrated oak influence gives toasted vanillin notes and adds to the lengthy, flavorful finish. VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 65% MERLOT 35% PETIT SIRAH Alc: 13.7%

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Our iconic winery is perched high above the town of Calistoga on a mid-valley hill. Its stark architectural beauty, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, and panoramic views of Napa Valley from the rooftop deck have attracted visitors from all 50 states for over 30 years.

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Source: We Speak Wine
06/06/2018

VINTAGE: 2016 was another brilliant growing season for most of California, although prolonged drought conditions continued resulting in lower yields in the vineyards. The conditions throughout the growing season were consistent, even and warm with few unbearable, damaging heat spikes. California did experience a wet October, but most grapes were already picked and safely in the winery before the rains began. Overall, the quality and fruit characteristics in this vintage were very good with well-developed flavor profiles and excellent color development. VINEYARDS: Outstanding vineyards are the foundation for this wine. Carefully selected fruit from premier vineyards throughout California allow the winemaker to craft the best expression of the fine varieties used to make this unique blend. This includes an ideal mix of cooler, coastal fruit as well as grapes from the warmer, interior region of California. These growing areas work well together and offer unique growing conditions including long, warm, sunny days tempered by cool ocean breezes. WINEMAKING: The Merlot and Petit Sirah grapes were picked at optimum ripeness and sent directly to the winery. Once in the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for two days followed by fermentation. The different varieties and lots were kept separate through the fermentation process and only came together at the final stage when the winemaker assembled the final blend before bottling. The wine was aged for six months in a combination of French and American oak to integrate flavors and soften tannins. TASTING NOTES: The Sterling Vintner’s Collection Dark Red is a decadent blend of two of the most alluring and rich red varieties: Merlot and Petit Sirah. The deep garnet-colored wine opens with vibrant aromas of black plum, blackberry and warm cardamom spice. The velvety-textured palate is expansive with intense flavors of baked boysenberry, mocha and layers of mouthwatering juicy fruit. The well-integrated oak influence gives toasted vanillin notes and adds to the lengthy, flavorful finish. VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 65% MERLOT 35% PETIT SIRAH Alc: 13.7%



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