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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2001
Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2001
(search item no. 54573)
Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $20.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We have used the fruit from many fine Chardonnay vineyards to make this wine -- from the cool Carneros in both the Napa and Sonoma regions, a number of sites in southern and mid Napa Valley and a Russian River Valley vineyard. Each site provides subtly different character to the final blend. Native yeast fermentation in French oak barrels, malolactic fermentation and barrel aging on the lees were all employed to add to the wine's richness and long finish. The wine is round and silky with flavors reminiscent of apple, peach and pear.
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About Merryvale Vineyards:

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale is world renowned for rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the iconic Bordeaux-style red blend, Profile, and our everyday drinking, fruit driven brand, Starmont. Merryvale's historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a must see attraction for visitors to the valley.

Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation, renewable energy and sustainable farming practices at our three estate vineyards. Merryvale has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.