Sterling Vineyards Reviews

November 12, 2020

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By MealFinds Wine Review Team

Sterling Vineyards

Sterling Vineyards, established in 1964 by Sir Peter Newton, a British Knight, and Oxford scholar, is one of the most visited wineries in Napa Valley and renowned for crafting world-class wines.

Sterling Wines’ eight vineyards are located throughout the Napa Valley region and produce a range of grape varietals.

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Due to the Glass Fire that ravaged the Napa Valley, scorching more than 67,000 acres throughout California’s wine country, Sterling Vineyards remains closed to visitors. While the majority of Sterling Vineyard’s property and its one-of-a-kind aerial tram survived, some tanks and exterior structures sustained damage.

And even though the Sterling Vineyards winery is closed to the public you can still enjoy their amazing wine by purchasing online for yourself or as a gift, booking a virtual wine tasting, or by becoming a Sterling Society member.  More on virtual wine tastings, wine collections, and membership options below.

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What We Like

  • The wine! It was truly magnificent.
  • Virtual wine tastings!
  • The wine club makes Napa Valley wines shine.

What We Don’t Like

  • No information about the wine or vineyard included in our shipment.
  • The wine, although delicious, is on the pricier end (perfect for gifting or a special occasion!).

Sterling Vineyards Reviews

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Amidst this challenging time for the vineyard, I was fortunate to be able to secure a bottle of their 2015 Reserve Calistoga Cabernet Franc, with grapes sourced primarily from their Tamagni Vineyard in Calistoga.

Knowing what a tasting treat this wine was likely to be, we took special care to create a meal that would let this wine shine — and did it ever.

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After decanting the Cab Franc for 40 minutes before serving, I poured the wine into the glass and admired its beautiful, bright, pale ruby coloring. Taking a hearty whiff followed by a generous sip, I sat back, closed my eyes, smiled, and said aloud,

“That is one of the most elegant wines I’ve ever tasted.”

My palate picked up notes of tart black cherry, ripe blackberries, plumb and black pepper, all of which went exceptionally well with the juicy steak, herbs de Provence-spiced fingerling potatoes, and buttery green beans, followed by a rich, chocolatey cupcake for dessert.

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Even though we had a decadent dinner prepared to pair with this wine, I have no doubt I would have been just as satisfied sipping it with no fare at all.

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Sterling Vineyards Reviews: Collections

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Sterling Vineyards has 5 wine collections, Iridium, Reserve, Winery Exclusives, Napa Collection, and Vinter’s Collection, each focused on bringing you the best that the Napa Valley has to offer.

The crown jewel of this vineyard is the Iridium Collection, “Made in only the very best vintages with the finest and most intense expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Iridium is the pinnacle of winemaking perfection.”  At the time of this posting, there were two Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon vintages available both priced at $175 and rated 96 points and 93 points, respectively.

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Many of the wines from Sterling Vineyards are highly rated (and for good reason!), including the 2016 Sterling Vineyards Sleeping Lady Vineyard Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon that has a rating of 98 points.  With a focus on premium Napa red wine, Sterling Vineyards offers over 30 types of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfindel, and Merlot for you to choose from along with 10 types of white wine, two sparkling, and one rose.

Prices range from $16 per bottle up to $215, with most between $35 and $80.  And while most can’t afford to drink Sterling Vineyards every night with dinner, you can enjoy a beautiful bottle of their hand-crafted wine on a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday with those you love.

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Sterling Vineyards Reviews: Virtual Wine Tastings

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Between the destructive fires and the COVID-19 pandemic, Sterling Vineyards have had to evolve their wine tastings options. They now offer virtual wine tastings that you, your friends, family, colleagues, or clients can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your homes. You can select your favorite wines, choose one of their popular kits, or share your tastes and they’ll curate a kit for your virtual wine tasting!  More information on how to book is available on the Sterling Vineyards website.

Virtual Wine Tasting Kits include:

  • Reserve Tasting: Reserve Chardonnay, Diamond Mountain Ranch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Winery Exclusive Wines: Winemaker’s Select White Blend, Carneros Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Petite Sirah
  • Napa Appellation Tasting: Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Merlot, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Make your own curated tasting with the help of a Sterling Vineyards expert!

Sterling Vineyards Reviews: Sterling Society Membership

Sterling Vineyards offers three “Sterling Society” wine club options:

Polished Society: $275 avg. per shipment (+ shipping & tax)

This option allows you to enjoy the best wines from their reserve and library collection.

Cellar Society: $130 avg per shipment (+ shipping & tax); $140 (avg per shipment for reds-only option)

This option allows you to enjoy wines from Sterling’s exclusive winery-only collection as well as other small production wines.

Malvasia Society:  $300 avg. per shipment (+ shipping and tax)

This wine club option is all about helping you keep your cellar stocked year-round with a case of Sterling’s top-selling Malvasia Bianca. It’s delivered twice per year in February & September. 30% discount on every purchase of Malvasia Bianca

 

Sterling Society Benefits

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  • Quarterly shipments: January, March, May, & October
  • Curated and exclusive wines just for members; early access to selecting limited-quantity wines
  • Customization options, like flexible delivery dates, to suit your preferences
  • Complimentary tastings: Up to 4 each visit; discounts on premium tastings
  • Discounts on wine (20% off) and merchandise (15% off)

 

Sterling Vineyards Reviews: Gifting

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If you are looking for an extra special gift this year for a big birthday, anniversary, or holiday, look no further than a beautiful bottle of wine from Sterling Vineyards.  Or why not go a step further and make your gift more personal by setting up a Virtual Wine Tasting with a group of close friends, family, employees, or clients?  A virtual wine tasting is a great way to bring everyone together, virtually, to connect and enjoy a wonderful bottle of wine.

In addition, the Sterling Vineyards wine concierge team can help take the work out of corporate and employee gifting by creating a custom plan to meet your needs and budget.  They will even pack, wrap, and ship the wine gifts so that all you have to do is sit back and relax knowing that you gave an exquisite gift of appreciation that everyone will enjoy.

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Sterling Vineyards Reviews: Bottom Line

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With all that’s going on in the world, I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to enjoy this bottle of wine from Sterling Vineyards.  We not only loved this amazing wine, but we also love that even though their physical winery is closed you can still purchase wine online, book a virtual wine tasting for friends, family, or colleagues, and join the wine club to experience the best of the Napa Valley all year long.

If you appreciate expressive, elegant wines–especially those from Napa Valley– and have an accommodating budget, Sterling Vineyards wine is a worthy and remarkable choice.

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Cheers!

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