As director of winemaking at Sterling Vineyards, Harry Hansen guides the production of the flagship Sterling Vineyards Platinum wine. This Cabernet Sauvignon blend, made from the finest estate-grown grapes of each vintage, delivers Bordeaux-style expression with classic Napa Valley power and concentration.
“Sterling Vineyards Platinum is the most important thing we do at our reserve winery,” says Harry. “Methods like whole-berry fermentation and punch-downs allow us to create an unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon blend of complex intensity and impressive structure, vintage to vintage.”
Harry was raised in Sonoma County. Wine has been a part of his life since the days when he would go with his father to local wineries in Kenwood or Healdsburg for a refill of their family jug. After he graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a degree in genetics, he went to work as a winery lab technician and later worked on bottling lines and in cellars. Eventually he returned to Davis for a master’s degree in enology and has since made wine at Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma and Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo.
In 2011, just before harvest, Harry joined Sterling Vineyards. “It’s a great privilege to make wine here,” he says. “At Sterling we enjoy unsurpassed vineyard resources, from Diamond Mountain to Rutherford, and our recently renovated, state-of-the-art cellar is the perfect place to blend grapes from these stellar terroirs into wines of intense varietal expression.”
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