Merryvale Starmont Cabernet
Practically bursting from the glass with aromas of black cherries, dried red currants, and a trace of boysenberry, this fruit-driven Cabernet is classic and classy Napa Valley through and through. The palate adds notes of graphite and pencil lead, but keeps you solidly driving with new world fruit. The finish is supple and long. It’s not a jam-bomb of a Cabernet, being refined, elegant, delicious as a cocktail now, or worthy of seven more years in your cellar. Read more…
A hundred forty-five years ago, at the southern end of Napa Valley, the Stanley family began growing grapes. They were quite possibly the first people to realize that this area – what would become the Carneros AVA – was a match for Cabernet. Its foggy mornings and cool afternoon breezes ensure a long and steady ripening time, making the resulting Cabernets bursting with fruit flavor.
About 25 years ago, the owners of Merryvale Winery in St. Helena saw this potential and founded a partnership with the Stanley Ranch Estate. It was important to them to honor the land, so they converted the vineyards to sustainable farming, recycle 100% of their water, are entirely solar powered, and are now Napa Green certified (that’s a big deal out there and is quite meaningful; here, in our climate, it would be nearly impossible).
In short, these stewards of the land are producing delicious wine.
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