Sterling Napa Valley wines show the depth, strength and expressive quality of California’s most famous wine region. Fruit for Sterling wines is grown throughout Napa Valley, from the cool southern Carneros region next to San Pablo Bay to the rugged northernmost benchlands and reaches near our Calistoga homeplace. Reserve wines allow Sterling winemaker Harry Hansen to select the finest lots to create the most memorable expressions of the varietal for each vintage.
The 2010 vintage was cool and long. Moderate temperatures, combined with careful vineyard practices, ensured fruit ripened evenly and the flavors developed to their maximum potential. Extended hangtime allowed the fruit to develop intense, complex flavors.
By selecting grapes from various vineyards, we created a comprehensive representation of this world-famous growing region. The cooler sites in the southern end of the Valley encourage fresh, bright fruit aromas. The hillside vineyards add structure and depth and the grapes from 'up valley', where soils are deep and temperatures warm, give dark fruit flavors and long, broad palate.
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.