2006 Starmont Merlot, Carneros

People are talking about Merryvale wines! Here are a few of our most recent awards and accolades for this 2006 Starmont Merlot, Carneros.

December 08, 2010
The Times Tribune, Scranton, PA
Above Average

"Winestein: Merlot sells well despite critics for good reason"

2006 Starmont Merlot, Carneros

Merlot is one of the most pilloried wine varieties, but still one of the most popular.

In some circles, people mock merlot, but a recent Nielsen survey confirmed its popularity as the second-best-selling red wine in the United States.

The perfumey, Starmont Merryvale 2006 Napa Valley has character of blueberry, black plum, chocolate with a smooth cedar and spice finish.

- David Falchek

October 08, 2009

2006 Starmont Merlot, Carneros

"Black fruits (plum, blackberry and black cherry) mingle with brown spices and a hint of fresh green herbs to delight the nose. These aromas continue as flavors in the seamlessly smooth mouth. Long, delicious finish."

- Sue Straight, aka "The Wine Wench"

August 16, 2009

"Merryvale Starmont = Winners Across the Line!"

2006 Starmont Merlot, Carneros

"Sticking with the big-ish winery theme for a moment longer, I also recently tasted Merryvale’s Starmont line. The winery described this line as 'food friendly, fruit driven' with 'subtle oak nuance' ...with the familiar notched label that is still (in my opinion) one of the best labels going... I think the entire Starmont line is showing pretty darn well at the moment."

Merryvale 2006 Merlot Napa Valley Starmont. Lush, smooth, and bursting with rich black cherry and berry aromas and flavors, picking up spicy dark chocolate and roasted herb notes on the finish, where it shows a bit of grip. Ready to drink now.

- Robyn Tinsley

June 01, 2009
88 Points

2006 Starmont Merlot, Carneros

Quite rich, this Merlot shows real Napa character in the ripe fruit and quality of the tannins. It brims with blackberry, currant, cherry and herb flavors, and feels well-structured and distinguished in the mouth. Best now.

- Steve Heimoff

April 01, 2009
2009 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition


2006 Starmont Merlot, Carneros

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