2009 Starmont Merlot, Carneros
99% Merlot, 1 % Cabernet Sauvignon
- Warm, fast fermentation with a total of 6 days on skins
Aged 18 months in 32% new French and American oak
14.5% by volume
The wine will develop complexity for up to 5 years from release and hold for 5 years thereafter.
We love Merlot planted in the southern part of the Napa Valley, and in particular from around the town of Napa and Carneros, for its robust fruit flavors and added structure.
The fruit was handpicked and carefully sorted. Fermentation was intentionally fast and warm, with a total of 6 days on the skins. The wine was pressed for good color extraction while minimizing fruit bitterness. We aged it in both French and American oak barrels for about 18 months, with 32% of the barrels being new.
Color: deep red with black hues
Aroma: bright forward cherry and currant, toasty oak, caramel, clove, vanilla, and bay leaf
Taste: focused entry leads to a round, fleshy mid-palate with moderate acidity. The wine displays great richness, while not being heavy. The finish is moderately long, accented by red fruit and barrel notes.