Starmont Winery Chardonnay Carneros 2015
Oh man. This hits home. Your humble scribe (that’s me) arrived in the Napa Valley back in 1997 (!!) and Merryvale Vineyards (the maker of Starmont) was my first job in the Valley. I started at $9 an hour working in the tasting room. That may be ancient history, but Starmont Chardonnay is better than ever, and priced to make a former tasting room guy blush today!! WOW!!
90 POINTS, Editors Choice! “This offers tremendous value...freshness and lightness win the day…”. And that was at the $22 price!! Not today, no no! We’d call this a no-brainer CASE BUY, don’t you think?? Drink it with unbridled gusto all summer long!!
** BUT...do it quick. We WILL sell out of this!** … Got some? Sweet.
The state-of-art winery is actually very close to where our warehouse/office is here in Napa. We all literally drive by it twice a day (worth a visit next time you’re here). This is uncomplicated quaffing at its finest, with easy-breezy freshness, citrus, white flowers and a bit of toasty caramel sneaking in -- it’s firing on all cylinders and ready to go. WHAT. A. STEAL!!
OK, we did our best to give you a heads up --- good luck! Wow!
A certified Napa Green Winery, Starmont ensures that the
surrounding area will remain pristine for future generations to enjoy.
Technical DetailsCountry: USA
Region: Napa County
Appellation: Carneros, Napa Valley
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Jeff Crawford
Aging/Cooperage: Aging sur lies for 18 months in 25% new French oak to add richness; malolactic fermentation to balance the wine’s acidity
About The Producer
Sitting at the crossroads of Carneros and Napa Valley, Starmont occupies a portion of the historic Stanly Ranch. Established as a wine growing region over 150 years ago, Carneros is world renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With foggy mornings and cool afternoon bay breezes creating the perfect conditions for these varietals, Starmont wines are expressive, food-friendly and distinctly Carneros.
The Starmont story began over 25 years ago, starting as an integral part of the Merryvale brand. Led by the Starmont Chardonnay and delivering high quality Carneros and Napa Valley wines at approachable prices, Starmont complemented the more mature Merryvale portfolio. For a decade and a half, these two brands shared space at our venerable St. Helena facility. It was a perfect partnership, but as Starmont grew from a single wine into a full-fledged brand, it became time to move out.
Opportunity to find a new home was realized in 2005. Starmont acquired 50 acres of prime Carneros vineyard, a portion of the Stanly Ranch Estate first planted in 1872, and broke ground on the new winery the same year. Honoring the heritage of the vineyard, Starmont has constructed a state-of-the-art “green” winery. Among other steps taken towards sustainability, the Starmont Winery recycles 100% of winery process water, diverts over 98% of waste away from ending up in a landfill and generates enough electricity each day to power over 250 homes. In creating a certified Napa Green Winery, Starmont ensures that the surrounding area will remain pristine for future generations to enjoy.
Having begun as a single Chardonnay wine, the Starmont portfolio now encompasses the best of Carneros and Napa Valley with the addition of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé wines.
Pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), vegetarian dishes, poultry.
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