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2010 Starmont Chardonnay, Napa Valley


Awards & Accolades

Vintages
 -2011  -2010

BLEND
100% Chardonnay

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Whole cluster pressed
  • 55% stainless steel fermented; 45% barrel fermented
  • 100% malolactic fermentation

BARREL AGING
9 months in French and American oak (19% new)

ALCOHOL
13.9% by volume

pH
3.45

CELLARING
Drinking beautifully now; will evolve with a few years aging.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
The fruit for Starmont Chardonnay is grown in our favorite cooler areas of the Napa Valley, including the Oak Knoll District and Carneros, including our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard, 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.

Color: golden straw

Aroma: Asian pear, butter crust apple tart tatin, juicy golden pineapple, guava, Meyer Lemon, orange blossom, honeysuckle, hints of toasted hazelnut

Taste: sweet focused entry opens to a fleshy, round, and bright mid-palate, notes of citrus, cream filled profiteroles with spun sugar, and a clean mineral driven finish.