Sterling Sparkling Rose
Need a charming bubbly to chase those cold weather blues away? Of course you do– because why not drink Champagne every day? Well here it is – meet Sterling’s Sparkling Rosé.
In the ancient times of Napa Valley wine-making – 1964 – a visionary named Peter Newton founded Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga.
I jest in writing “ancient” yet there is a truth to the word: this was a time before Robert Mondavi, before the Judgment of Paris put Napa Cabernet on the wine map, before even varietal labeled wines. Sheep and cattle roamed Napa Valley and Americans mostly drank sweet white wine, if they were going to drink any wine at all.
Yet Peter, and the vineyards he founded, pursued something more. And while maybe not the most famous winery in Napa, they have quietly forged a legacy of greatness: they were the first to plant Cabernet in Calistoga, the first to maintain single vineyard plantings including Napa’s most famous vineyard for Merlot – the Three Palms vineyard; they were the first to varietally label their wines. Their Reserve Cabernets from Calistoga, Howell Mountain, and Three Palms have all garnered high point praise.
And Sterling continues onto this day with its pioneering work. Never resting on its laurels several years ago they began growing fruit for the specific purpose of making sparkling wine. Located in California’s best sites in cooler climates, this blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir is Champagne in disguise!
A snappy pale pink salmon color delights the eyes with its persistent lovely bead. On the nose, classic aromas of wild strawberries, cherry blossom, rose petal and Pink Lady apple lead to a palate that is fresh, vibrant, focused and pure. There is a core of Pinot Noir fruit bringing a richness to the palate, yet it is crisp, succulent and very fresh. As the winery notes “[the sparkling rosé] never seeks the spotlight, but it always seems to find it. Always polished, never dull.”
And we got a heck of a deal on it. Let’s chase those chills away!
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