Sterling Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay 2010

The tell tale signs are there but sometimes you have to look close. The daffodils have beenSterling Chardonnay popping up in yards and along roads since early February and now as I walk through the area I see the first tiny buds springing up on trees and bushes. Spring is on its way. I know for many this is a wonderful sign but for me, I’m still wondering, where is my snow?

We had a few flurries over the weekend and just a few miles away there was accumulation but I must be in some no snow zone. I want my damn snow! Well I must say my palate must be gearing up towards warmer temps because I’ve found myself reaching for white wines more lately than red. This week’s white wine pick, Sterling Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay 2010. If viewing at work the site has sound, I hate websites with sound.

Honey yellow color in the glass. Light tropical aromas of lime and pineapple open up after a bit of swirling. Semi-sweet flavors of peach, lemon, orange and mango with a creamy finish. Non-offensive and easy drinking but not spectacular. If you’re looking for a California Chard that isn’t big and bold, this may be a good choice.
I found this at a local wine store for around $10.

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: 45% Monterey, 27% San Luis Obispo, 17% Santa Barbara¸11% Napa Valley
Alcohol: 13.9%
Acidity: 6.2 g/L
pH: 3.40
Ageability: 2011 to 2014
Barrel Aging: 8 months – 65% stainless steel, 35% barrel, 60% American, 40% French, 30% new

I wish I could write about a long family legacy of wine running through veins, dirt under fingernails and a family heritage. But I can’t. In 1964 the vineyard began as another business interest for former London Financial Times writer Peter Newton. The winery now spans fourteen vineyards over 1,200 acres in Napa Valley allowing each varietal to grow in the best environment in the region.
I’m sorry but the history of Sterling doesn’t seem to be inspiring me so I’ll just let you check out the website on your own.

I started this post on Tuesday and Wednesday we did get quite a bit of flurries. It even stuck just wasn’t enough to add up to anything measurable. Sigh, maybe next year.

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