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28 Ratings
Meryvale Starmont Chardonnay

Wine Details

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(2003 Vintage) "We have used the fruit from many fine Chardonnay vineyards to make this wine. From the cool Carneros, on both the Napa and Sonoma sides, to a number of sites in southern and mid Napa Valley and a Russian River Valley vineyard, each site adds subtly different character to the final blend. Native yeast fermentation in French oak barrels, malolactic fermentation and barrel aging on the lees all add to the wine’s richness and long finish. The wine has flavors reminiscent of apple, peach and pear and...

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1991 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/93
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2003 Vintage) This clean but uninvolving wine is impossible to fault for error other than its obvious lack of fruity substance, and its essential smallness directs it accordingly to near-term service with lighter fish and chicken fare.
  • Wine Advocate
    (1996 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2005 Vintage) Very much keyed to fresh apples with mild oak spice and hints of mineral off to the side, this clean-as-can-be middle-weight wants for just a bit more concentration and depth to win higher award, but its brisk fruit and balance make it a pleasant partner to simply broiled fish all the same.