2004 Starmont Merlot, Carneros
78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon
Select Napa Valley vineyards including UCC Red Hen, Bayview-Poe and Showket
- Extended maceration on the skins
- Extensive use of native yeast fermentation
- Bottled unfiltered
Up to 17 months in French oak barrels
14.5% by volume
Three to five years for the wine to develop some bottle complexity. Should hold for at least five years after that.
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.