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Starmont Merlot, 2005

Starmont Merlot, 2005

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About This Wine:
Rich and concentrated, with aromas of cherries and vanilla, a silky texture and full, round finish.
Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2005
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Merlot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Tasting Notes:

The 2005 Starmont Merlot displays notes of bright cherry, raspberry, fresh herbs, cedar, vanilla and forest. On the palate, the wine has a soft entry and a rich mid-palate that is followed by notes of chocolate. The finish is rich, complex and lingering.

Vineyard Notes:

Picking took place in the early morning to keep the fruit as cool as possible.

Production Notes:

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes for this wine were carefully sorted and de-stemmed, but not crushed, leaving over 90% whole berries. The berries and juice were cold soaked and fermented using mainly native yeasts, and then aged for 18 months in French Oak. We add a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon to provide additional aromatics and structure.

Winemaker Notes:

The 2005 harvest was one of great extremes. A very wet spring provided a lot of potential for a big harvest of very juicy fruit. A fantastic Indian summer resulted in long hang times which allowed the grapes to mature at a leisurely pace giving us outstanding character. The result at harvest was thick skins and great flavors at moderate alcohol levels.








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