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2008 Profile Receives High Praise from Wine Critics

The 2008 vintage of Merryvale's flagship proprietary blend Profile has received 96 Points from both Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine.

Calling it "the finest wine they (Merryvale) have ever produced," Robert Parker wrote, "A compelling wine... further evidence of the remarkable progress Merryvale has made over the last decade."

Charles Olken and Stephen Eliot at Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine awareded this wine THREE PUFFS and wrote, "Its considerable tannins are so finely fit that it is likely to trick some impatient Cabernet fans into serving it soon, but this is one for the cellar..."

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Starmont receives City of Napa Recycling Award

Hi All,

I was happy to be invited to, and attend an awards ceremony today on behalf of the Starmont Winery recognizing the recycling efforts of a few local business and presented by the City and County of Napa and the Napa Recycling and Waste Services.

The awards were given out by Mayor Jill Techel of Napa and Napa County Supervisor Keith Caldwell, along with representatives from U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson's office, State Senator Noreen Evans office, and State Assembly member Michael Allen's office.

There were a total of 20 awards, and Starmont was one of two wineries to receive an award. Starmont was recognized for having a 99% diversion rate from landfills. This was also the second year Starmont has received this award. Starmont's 99% diversion rate is an outstanding achievement, and one of which I am extremely proud. 99% was by far the highest diversion rate mentioned, with most mentioned in the 65-75% range.

I would like to thank and congratulate the efforts of all of the employees at Starmont, as it your efforts that make this possible. It takes awareness and the desire to do the right thing on the part of all of the employees to achieve this kind of success.

I would like to thank Carlos Ayala, our Bottling and Facility Manager, for his specific efforts in helping with this achievement.

It has been a goal of mine to get as close to zero landfill as we can at Starmont, and we are very close at 99%.

We were presented with a plaque, and a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Legislature.

While this award does not make our wine better, it does help to highlights and underscore the legitimacy of our company's efforts in sustainability. I also believe that it demonstrates our attention to detail on a daily basis, as we were not trying to win an award, we were just trying to do the right things. It is nice to be recognized for those efforts.


Sean Foster
Senior Winemaker | V.P. Production | Merryvale Vineyards | Starmont Winery

Merryvale is in the press! Check out these great articles...

Merryvale Vineyards has been featured in many wine publications and magazines in the last few weeks, from the Quarterly Review of Wines to Touring & Tasting Magazine...

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Merryvale and Starmont wines have also been receiving some great scores in both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines.

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More Great Scores from Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast!

Merryvale wines have been piling up the great scores over the last couple of months, with the most recent highlight from the Wine Spectator Insider.

On October 29th, Merryvale 2006 Syrah, Napa Valley, received 92 Points from James Laube, with this praise... "Bold, rich and full-bodied, with grapey, peppery wild berry flavors that are intense, deep and persistent, ending with a touch of nutmeg and chewy tannins. Drink now through 2013." Buy this wine!

And, just out in the December edition of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, is Steve Heimoff's glowing review of Merryvale 2004 Profile which was awarded 94 Points & Cellar Selection. Heimoff writes, "Merryvale's Profile remains a star year after year. The '04 is nearly all Cabernet Sauvignon, and stuns with its power. With a smooth, complex tannin structure, it's rich in currants, blackberries and cedar, but is too young to open now. Should hit its stride around 2010 and continue to develop for some years after. Tasted twice, with consistent results." Buy this wine!

Other recent scores:
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Merryvale 2006 Chardonnay, Carneros
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Merryvale 2005 Merlot, Napa Valley
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Merryvale 2005 Chardonnay, Carneros
92 Points & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast Merryvale 2005 Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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Merryvale's "Signature" Wines Continue to Garner Great Press!

Top Wine magazines, The Wine Enthusiast and The Wine News give Merryvale wines top scores.

In the June issue of The Wine Enthusiast, both the Merryvale 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley and 2005 Merlot, Napa Valley (formerly our Reserve wines) were awarded 91 Points by Steve Heimoff. The Wine News, in their June issue, gave the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 90 Points and the 2005 Chardonnay, Carneros, 92 Points.

But that's not all, syndicated writer Michael Apstein also tasted the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, and gave in 90 Points in his column on winereviewonline.com. While Linda Murphy, also syndicated on winereviewonline.com awarded it 91 Points! Writer Frederic Koeppel called it "Excellent!"

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