Saturday, January 09, 2016
Winemaker Jeff Crawford was our host for a tour of the facility which is a certified Napa Green Winery (and he went on about the winery's greenness extensively). But he also spoke a little bit about viticulture, winemaking and the history of Starmont itself. Starmont is owned by the Schlatter family who also own Merryvale Vineyards. Whilst touring, I got to taste a Chardonnay and Pinot noir, not surprising as those two grape varieties are widely grown in the Carneros. After the tour was over, Vinomaker and I wandered into the tasting room where they were letting visitors taste a Starmont, 2012 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Not an outstanding Napa Cabernet, but outstanding because its retail price was a paltry $29.00, (i.e. paltry by Napa standards).
Overall, I must say, it was a very pleasant visit to Starmont. Nice building, very clean and organised, good wines and a chance to get away from a grey, drizzly January morning.