(From 2009 Vintage)
Merryvale/Starmont: Rich with history, rich with flavor
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.
Merryvale has earned international acclaim for their wines’ outstanding quality – a result of maintaining their vision of turning Napa grapes into world-class wines. The carefully selected fruit is allowed to ripen fully, allowing flavor and tannins to reach maturity at the same time the sugar reaches its proper level. One sip,
and you’ll discover what an enlightened process this is.
Shooting for the Stars
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 fruit for their 2009 Starmont Chardonnay is grown in the cooler areas of the Napa Valley, where the maritime influence ensures crisp, vibrant fruit. Named Best New World Chardonnay/Best of Varietal/Best of Class and receiving a Platinum Medal at the 2011 Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition, this Chardonnay offers intense aromas of mandarin orange, fresh pear and melon,
while the mouthfeel is round and fleshy with a long layered finish.
(From 2011 Vintage) The fruit for Starmont Chardonnay is grown in our favorite cooler areas of the Napa Valley, including the Oak Knoll District and Carneros, including our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard, where the maritime influence keeps the focus on crisp, vibrant fruit. The fruit was carefully sorted and whole-cluster pressed to preserve freshness.
Wine & Spirits(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine Spectator(From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/96
Wine Spectator(From 1992 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/94.
Wine Spectator(From 1989 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/90.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 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.