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Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Starmont Napa Valley

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(2009 Vintage)

The first winery built in the Napa Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, Merryvale is located in the heart of America’s premier wine region. A decade ago, the Merryvale operation was purchased by Jack Schlatter and family, with son, Rene, serving as company president. After the Schlatter family bought it, they renovated the facility and started making wine under two labels: Merryvale and Starmont. Past wine makers include Ric Forman, succeeded by Bob Levy, who currently runs a couple of winemaking operations for Harlan. Following the tradition of great wine makers is Sean Foster as Merryvale’s senior winemaker, and is joined by winemaker Graham Wehmeier.

Sister winery Starmont, is located on the historic Stanly Ranch in Carneros where John Stanly planted one of the first vineyards in Carneros in 1872. This green winery is powered by the sun.

The 2009 vintage reds are showing excellent quality and ripeness at slightly lower alcohol levels. Our 2009 Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable now and should be consumed within 8 years of the vintage.

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 % Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec

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    Lighter than some "big napa cabs" we drank, and very smooth. Paired beautifully with these less salty and less fatty cheeses: Epoisses (France, cow), Moliterno al Tartufo (Sardinia, sheep/truffle), Tarentaise (Vermonth, cow), and Framani salami (mmmm!).

    over 7 years
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    a bit of fruit on the nose. powerful, tannic, black pepper and sour cherries. aftertaste a tad disappointing - chemical tinge (despite being organic and solar). tannins have not mellowed, therefore not perfect with bison steak.

    almost 8 years
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    wow actually a red that I like. not a huge bite. to me it's like a white with a grape aftertaste pretty cool

    about 8 years
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    Anita and bob 2011 wine party

    almost 6 years
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    very good and satisfying.

    over 7 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (2010 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2013
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2003 Vintage) The least of the Merryvale 2003s is beset by dried forest, old wood and vaguely leathery notes that all but submerge sweeter scents of cherries and oak in the nose. The wine has a rounded feel at entry but is thin in flavor despite being full in body and high in ripeness. Pass it by.
  • Critics Challenge
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: Critics Challenge 2006 Gold - As reviewed by Critics Challenge on 05/01/06. Pure but powerful with deep, dark fruit notes and ripe tannins. Michael Franz
  • Wine Spectator
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2004 Vintage) 12% Merlot. This straightforward offering comes with few bells or whistles, but it delivers honest Cabernet fruit and a nice bit of balanced oak spice. It is medium-full-bodied and fairly well-balanced even if toughening up just a touch in the latter-going, and it will benefit by a few years of smoothing while serving as a foil to hearty roasts early on.