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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Merryvale Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Merryvale Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 111000)
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pungent aromas of Meyer lemon, key lime leaf, grapefruit, guava, passionfruit and a hint of herbaceousness all jump out of the glass. The round and honeyed mid-palate, along with the refreshing acidity provides for a rich yet balanced mouthfeel and a surprisingly long finish.

Our Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from several distinct growing regions within the Napa Valley, including Oak Knoll, Rutherford, and Oakville, each contributing a different expression of the varietal. This wine was fermented in a combination of French oak (60% of the blend; only 2% new) and stainless steel tanks (40%). Our intent is to preserve and enhance the varietal nuances.

Our favorite food pairings include oysters on the half-shell, and lighter white fish dishes.

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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.