Sterling Vineyards

Peterson Ranch
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 79


Sterling Vineyards

Peterson Ranch

Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

10 cases produced

A huge Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifying the power and finesse of mountain-grown fruit. Rich in color and intensely aromatic, this wine’s concentrated flavors reminiscent of black fruits ride on ripe, voluptuous tannins enveloped in toasty French oak. Peterson Ranch typifies the elegance and complexity offered by the much revered Diamond Mountain District. Enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon over the next 20 years.

Aging Process

Info forth coming.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Mike Westrick

Winemaker, Sterling Vineyards

Winemaker, Mike Westrick

I began my career with internships at Hanna and Hacienda wineries. Both are/were small, offering me an opportunity to learn a lot in a very short period of time. I then attended the UC Davis enology program. Following that I joined Stonestreet, a medium-sized winery at the time, as enologist, moved to assistant winemaker and then winemaker there.

After twelve years with Stonestreet, I moved from Sonoma County to Napa County to take over the reins at Sterling.

Country born: Canada

Education: UC-Davis for enology and viticulture. David Ramey as a mentor on Chardonnay production and also, to some extent, Cabernet production. Have reviewed Michel Rolland's techniques via conversations with Joel Aiken. Regularly discuss winemaking techniques with Tom Rinaldi.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
Sonoma County Harvest Fair red wine of the year for a Stonestreet Pinot Noir. Wine Spectator Top 100 list for the 1997 Stonestreet Chardonnay. Wine Enthusiast Top 100 list for Sterling's 2006 SVR. Lots of 90+ scores from Laube and Parker for several Stonestreet Legacy vintages.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Always respect the grape first. Do everything possible to get the grapes to express themselves fully in the vineyard. Critical is evenness of ripeness to avoid over ripe and under ripe flavors in the wines. I harvest by flavors and so spend much time in the vineyards at harvest determining when best to pick. In the winery, the efforts are again to respect the fruit as much as possible, having as little intervention as possible. I want to produce a wine that reflects the character and the terroir of the grape. I like oak and favor those barrels that give me rich flavors that integrate well into the wine without obscuring the fruit flavors of the wine. In blending and finishing, it is all about balance of tannin, of acidity, of oak so that the fruit shows at its best.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: This offered me the opportunity to study a number of different Cabernet sauvignon blocks from Diamond Mountain Ranch as well as Peterson Ranch in the Diamond Mountain district of Napa Valley. Once identified, the fruit chosen for this lot was, in part, barrel fermented. This process is not common, is time consuming, is hard work but is a terrific way to make a great Cabernet. The barrel-fermented portion was fermented in 100% new French oak. The oak character integrates beautifully with the wine and helps develop a strong yet supple tannin structure.

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