2008 Starmont Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Milliken, Linda Vista, Stanly Ranch
- Whole cluster pressed
- 50% stainless steel fermented; 50% barrel fermented
- 60% malolactic fermentation
8 months in French oak (15% new)
13.5% by volume
Drinking beautifully now; will evolve with a few years aging.
The fruit for our Starmont Chardonnay is grown in our favorite cooler areas of the Napa Valley, including Oak Knoll District and Carneros, where the maritime influence keeps the focus on crisp, vibrant fruit. The fruit was carefully sorted and whole cluster pressed to preserve freshness. The light oak treatment gives a round mouth feel and improved complexity, while highlighting the fruit driven focus of the wine.
Aromas of Graventstein Apple, Bosc Pear, mandarin orange, peach, and apple tart with roasted hazelnut, vanilla bean and spice (nutmeg and clove). The wine has a soft entry leading to a round fleshy mid-palate and is filled with layers of fruit and spice. Toasty notes are accentuated on the long finish.
We recommend pairing with a butterflied, lemon-herb roasted chicken.