Platinum is a wine designed to bring a singular thought to life: great wines come from great vineyards, and never so much as when the winemaking and winegrowing teams work hand in hand to carefully nurture the finest fruit toward a well-rewarded harvest. Sterling Vineyards Platinum is the ultimate expression of our Napa Valley winemaking expertise.
"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.
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.
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.
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 fermenters 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.
Michael Westrick has a solid reputation for creating world-class Bordelaise and Burgundian wines over his 25-plus year winemaking career. Michael’s entry into winemaking came after a distinguished academic career in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. His love of food and wine resulted in an internship with Hanna -Winery, followed by studies at UC Davis, then Hacienda Winery. Michael joined Stonestreet Winery as Enologist in 1992, becoming the winemaker there in 1996 where he established his reputation as a world-class winemaker crafting two Wine Spectator “Top 100” wines. In 2005, Michael left Sonoma County for Napa County to become Vice President of Winemaking for Sterling Vineyards.