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2004 Starmont Merlot, Carneros


Vintages
 -2012  -2009

BLEND
78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARDS
Select Napa Valley vineyards including UCC Red Hen, Bayview-Poe and Showket

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Extended maceration on the skins
  • Extensive use of native yeast fermentation
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
Up to 17 months in French oak barrels

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
January, 2007

BOTTLING DATE
July, 2006

CELLARING
Three to five years for the wine to develop some bottle complexity. Should hold for at least five years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
This wine is made from lots selected for their complexity of flavors and supple tannins. The blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon for complexity and fullness of tannins. The wine was lightly fined then carefully racked and bottled unfiltered. Round and harmonious in its youth, this wine will reward a few years of cellaring with nuances of aroma that only time in the bottle provides.