2004 Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Napa Valley vineyards including Merryvale Estate, Beckstoffer-Vineyard X, Georges III and ToKalon.
- Extended maceration on the skins
- Extensive use of native yeast fermentation
- Bottled unfiltered
Up to 16 months in French oak barrels (30% new)
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 Merlot to help tame tannins, Petit Verdot for fruity depth and Cabernet Franc for additional aromatic complexity. 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.