2009 Starmont Chardonnay, Napa Valley
- Whole cluster pressed
- 65% stainless steel fermented; 35% barrel fermented
- Nine months in French Oak (18% new)
9 months in French Oak (18% new)
13.5% by volume
Drinking beautifully now; will evolve with a few years aging.
The fruit for 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. The wine shows intense aromas of mandarin orange, fresh pear, melon, apple butter, spice and honey. The mouthfeel is soft, round and fleshy with a long layered finish.