Sterling Vineyards Supports Land Trust of Napa County
Sterling Vineyards has announced that a portion of the sales of their 2004 Wild Lake Ranch Napa Valley Merlot will be donated to the Land Trust of Napa County. The Land Trust has either purchased or holds the easement to 47,000 acres since it was founded in 1977.
Over the next 10 vintages, proceeds from the Wild Lake Napa Valley Merlot will be used to finance the Land Trust’s next major project: protecting 3,000 pristine acres near Mount St Helena. According to a recent article by Jane Firstenfeld of Wines & Vines, $22 million has already been secured for the acquisition, including a $5 million gift from Randy and Lori Dunn, and a $5 million low-interest loan from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Sterling Vineyards will release 500 cases their 2004 Merlot on May 1st, 2007. Available only at the winery, it will retail for $50 a bottle, and is expected to generate about $600,000 for the Land Trust over the next decade.