Starmont Winery bottle

Starmont Winery

Chardonnay, 2014

Eventually the kids grow up and move out. Starmont was born 25 years ago as a second, more affordable version of iconic Napa brand Merryvale—and began racking up dozens of 90-plus scores and gold medals. Starmont became so successful that about 10 years ago it became a stand-alone label and broke ground on its own winery and vineyard in the heart of Carneros. Winemaker Jeff Crawford has continued the award-winning run with complex wines such as this.

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Starmont Chardonnay is the best of both the Old and New Worlds: French-style crispness plus California fruitiness, with a subtle kiss of oak. This is a Chardonnay for everyone.

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Straw yellow with golden edges
APPEARANCE
Straw yellow with golden edges
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Papaya
Lime zest
Lemon meringue
Orange

Pairing

Uncork lush, fruity whites—such as California Chardonnay and white Rhône blends—when you want to pair like with like and revel in the richness. That’s why the these opulent, often buttery wines pair so well with lobster—dunked in melted butter, of course.

TASTING TIP

You can feel this wine on the sides and back of your mouth—it’s a more-full-bodied wine. Experts use the term “round” to describe a wine like this.

Pour this toasty white to draw out and accent every flavor, particularly the salmon, corn, and peach.

A fruity, toasty white connects with the ginger and lime, and matches the toasty note of the soba and sesame perfectly.

The wine's fruitiness elevates the flavor the carrots and and its toasty, oaky note perfectly matches the flavor of the barley.

This wine's toasty note adds a unifying dimension of flavor to the dish's creaminess, salty cheese, and garlicky bite.

The wine's toastiness matches perfectly with the toasty flavor of the dish, and also helps rein in the heat and richness.

The dish's buttery crust and eggy richness perfectly match the toasty, buttery flavors of the wine.

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More About The Wine

Carneros, which sits just north of San Pablo Bay (the upper portion of San Francisco Bay), is one of California’s top spots for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Carneros gets plenty of sunshine, but the most important factor is the cool air blowing in from the bay as well as the Pacific. This slows the grapes’ ripening and imparts the wines with a crisp bite.

DID YOU KNOW?

Carneros encompasses parts of both Napa and Sonoma counties. It was among the first California wine districts to be defined by its climate rather than county lines.

  • VARIETY
    Chardonnay
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Vallejo Vineyard and Ricci Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Carneros, Sonoma County, California
  • OAK
    Stainless steel and French oak
  • SOIL
    Diablo clay, Haire loam clay
  • ALCOHOL
    14.3%
  • FARMING
    Sustainable

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