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Merryvale Vineyards / Starmont Winery

1000 Main Str., 94574 St. Helena, CA
USA

Telephone +1 707 968-3420
fwohnrau@merryvale.com

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wine Institute of California

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 9 / A16-2
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ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 9): stand A16-2

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ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 9

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.03  NORTH AMERICA
  • 01.03.03  USA
  • 01.03.03.01  California

Our products

Product category: California

Profile

Profile is a proprietary red blend and our flagship wine since the first vintage in 1983. Recognized as one of Napa Valley’s iconic red wines, the fruit for this wine is sourced from the Schlatter family’s hillside estate vineyard east of St. Helena. A combination of great terroir, intensive farming methods and innovative winemaking ensures that Profile will continue to exemplify the best of each vintage.

We invite you to join us in celebrating 30 years of this highly acclaimed Napa Valley red wine and the release of the 2013 vintage with our Profile Library Tasting at Merryvale.

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Product category: California

Silhouette

The elegant Silhouette Chardonnay showcases fruit from our estate vineyard in Carneros. Carefully selected lots, attentive winemaking and an oak program tailored to this very limited production wine create a rich and complex Chardonnay that represents the best of the Napa Valley.

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Product category: California

2011 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Saint Helena

Description
81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec

Tasting Notes
Classic fresh fruit aromas of cherry, plum, and boysenberry give way to more unusual floral and tropical notes, even a hint of passionfruit. The palate is juicy and round, with balanced and bright acidity.

Vineyard Notes
Merryvale’s St. Helena Estate Vineyard lies on an eastern ridge overlooking the Napa Valley at almost one thousand feet elevation. Planted in 1997 under the direction of consultant Michel Rolland, viticulturist David Abreu and our winemaking team, this vineyard consistently delivers grapes that stand out for their plush fruit character, complexity and silky tannins.

2011 was the most challenging year we have experienced to date at our St. Helena estate vineyard, with rain in late spring resulting in a poor berry set leading to less than half the usual crop level (already low in a normal year), followed by difficult weather during harvest. A severe selection in the vineyard and again in the cellar as the blend was created led to much lower quantities than usual, but what we ended up with is a charming and captivating expression of the vineyard unlike anything we have seen before.

Production Notes
The 2011 Estate Cabernet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The handpicked grapes spent 21 days on skins before undergoing both native and inoculated primary fermentation, and native malolactic fermentation. We aged the wine for 20 months in 71% new and 29% second fill French oak barrels.

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About us

Company details

Founded on the principle that great wines are born in the vineyard, Merryvale Vineyards has a long-standing tradition of sourcing grapes from exceptional vineyards throughout the Napa Valley.

The process for selecting vineyards that are worthy of the Merryvale Vineyard label is an intense, rigorous, and exacted process. Careful attention is paid to microclimate, soils and sustainable vineyard management practices. Sites with unique aspects and characteristics coupled with our estate vineyard sources allow us to create rich, balanced and truly expressive Napa Valley wines. The commitment involved in growing grapes for Merryvale — specified by vineyard blocks or even row-by-row selections — result in wines with intense flavors and soft, supple tannin structure.

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