2009 Starmont Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

People are talking about Merryvale wines! Here are a few of our most recent awards and accolades for this 2009 Starmont Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley.

March 29, 2012
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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"Great wineries for sipping Sauvignon Blanc"

2009 Starmont Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Starmont
A sister label of Merryvale Vineyards in St. Helena, the Starmont Winery is based in Carneros and is the happy home of the producer’s nicely crafted sauvignon blancs, including the 2009 ($18), a rambunctious version of the wine, fermented in both oak and stainless steel. Melon, lime and lemongrass make up the majority of its lushness, and the wine’s texture is layered enough to stand up to spicy food or an oyster topped with a cilantro and tomato-based relish.

- Virginie Boone

January 10, 2011
2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL
     

2009 Starmont Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Results are just in from the SF Chron Wine Competition, which is now the largest competition of domestic wines at over 5,000 entries.

- Tasting Panel

June 27, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Chronicle Recommends: Napa Sauvignon Blanc"

2009 Starmont Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

What's been true for a while about Sauvignon Blanc continues to hold: If you take it seriously - but not pretentiously, you can make a very good wine, especially out of Napa Valley grapes. These are, or should be, wines that bask in the potential for ripe fruit.

The problem might be whether that fruit is being grown in too large a crop to make interesting wine. Our tasting revealed too many wines without concentrated flavors. Sauvignon Blanc has always been a young-drinking workhorse, but that's no reason not to spend time and effort to get great fruit, especially in a standout vintage like 2009.

It seemed pricing around $20 was a sweet spot, enough to ensure that the wine is being taken seriously. Even if it's opened on a carefree summer evening, there's no reason for Sauvignon Blanc not to be made with serious intent.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE:
2009 Starmont Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($18): For a larger label, Starmont uses a surprising amount of barrel fermentation; even so, it keeps its fresh fruit. Full, powerful flavors of nectarine and Meyer lemon are edged by a subtle grassy, stony bite. Juicy and generous, with fruit that carries through.

- Jon Bonné, Wine Editor

March 31, 2010
2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL
     

2009 Starmont Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

- Tasting Panel