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Chardonnay Starmont Napa Valley 2006

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Sourced from our favorite Chardonnay vineyards in the Napa Valley, the fruit is carefully hand sorted and whole cluster pressed to preserve the fresh fruit character. The juice was 40% barrel fermented and 60% tank fermented, with 45% undergoing malolactic fermentation. We then aged the wine for 10 months ‘sur lie’ in French Oak (François Frères, DAMY), with 10% of the barrels being new. This careful oak treatment gives a round mouth feel and improved complexity without losing the fruit driven focus of the wine. The 2006 vintage has been described as a “growers” year by some vintners. After a late bud break due to an unseasonably cool spring, the Napa Valley experienced a record setting heat wave in July which allowed the grapes to catch up in ripening. An ideal mild weather pattern came in August and an “Indian Summer” followed through September allowing for slow and even ripening resulting in acids and sugars in perfect harmony. Our 2006 Chardonnay displays the balance and food-friendly elegance that Starmont fans have come to expect. Bright notes of pear, white peach, nectarine and crenshaw melon are framed by a hint of mineral, toast and vanilla bean. The wine is round on the palate with a long, easy finish. Our favorite food pairings include lemon-herb roasted chicken, grilled white fish, veal piccata, and it is perfect for just sipping on your porch. For more details, please visit us at www.merryvale.com

Region: USA » California » Napa » Carneros

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  • 2006

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Merryvale Vineyards:
Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale’s historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a favorite destination for visitors... Read more
Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale’s historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a favorite destination for visitors to the valley. Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through sustainable farming practices. Our new Starmont Winery on the historic Stanly Ranch in Carneros is a state-of-the-art solar powered facility, and our estate vineyards are Napa Green Farm certified. For more information, please visit www.merryvale.com. Read less

Member Reviews for Chardonnay Starmont Napa Valley

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Snooth User: winehound69
40885602
3.00 5
03/28/2010

Good


Snooth User: jdepetrillo
97972462
0.00 5
05/14/2009

Nose with hints of pear, oak, peach. Decent acidity, nice round mouth-feel. Good amount of oak. Nice but bit expensive for quality (paid about 16) 87pts


Snooth User: otismartin
8310736
3.00 5
08/11/2008

Lovely.


External Reviews for Chardonnay Starmont Napa Valley

External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Chardonnay displays the balance and food-friendly elegance that Starmont fans have come to expect. Bright notes of pear, white peach, nectarine and crenshaw melon are framed by a hint of mineral, toast and vanilla bean. The wine is round on the palate with a long, easy finish. Our favorite food pairings include lemon-herb roasted chicken, grilled white fish, veal piccata, and it is perfect for just sipping on your porch.


External Review
Source: WineChateau.com
03/09/2010

Food friendly elegance and varietal nuance are the hallmarks of our 2007 Starmont Chardonnay. Bright notes of pear and crisp red apple are framed by spice, mineral, toast and vanilla bean. The wine is round on the palate with a long, easy finish.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
05/22/2010

The grapes for this Chard come from the Merryvale Estate-Stanly Ranch and from Hyde vineyards in Carneros. The winemaking is focused on bringing out the richness in this prime fruit and maintaining an elegant style. 40% is barrel fermented and 45% undergoes malolactic fermentation, then the wine is aged sur lie for 10 months in French oak barrels. This brings complexity and balance of rich tropical fruit flavors, vanillan oak and lively acidity that pairs well with a variety of foods.



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Sourced from our favorite Chardonnay vineyards in the Napa Valley, the fruit is carefully hand sorted and whole cluster pressed to preserve the fresh fruit character. The juice was 40% barrel fermented and 60% tank fermented, with 45% undergoing malolactic fermentation. We then aged the wine for 10 months ‘sur lie’ in French Oak (François Frères, DAMY), with 10% of the barrels being new. This careful oak treatment gives a round mouth feel and improved complexity without losing the fruit driven focus of the wine. The 2006 vintage has been described as a “growers” year by some vintners. After a late bud break due to an unseasonably cool spring, the Napa Valley experienced a record setting heat wave in July which allowed the grapes to catch up in ripening. An ideal mild weather pattern came in August and an “Indian Summer” followed through September allowing for slow and even ripening resulting in acids and sugars in perfect harmony. Our 2006 Chardonnay displays the balance and food-friendly elegance that Starmont fans have come to expect. Bright notes of pear, white peach, nectarine and crenshaw melon are framed by a hint of mineral, toast and vanilla bean. The wine is round on the palate with a long, easy finish. Our favorite food pairings include lemon-herb roasted chicken, grilled white fish, veal piccata, and it is perfect for just sipping on your porch. For more details, please visit us at www.merryvale.com

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