Spring 2022 Newsletter (February)

Welcome to the first online edition of our Starmont Wine Club Newsletter!

We are thrilled to share this Spring Issue of our newsletter online so that you can easily access this material anytime from anywhere. This format offers an exciting new way to share up-to-the-minute news and information so you get the most from your wine club membership. We invite you to send us comments and feedback so that we can be sure to include topics that you find interesting and engaging—and that add value to your membership. Please contact us at WineClub@Merryvale.com.

FEBRUARY IS WINE & CHOCOLATE MONTH

wine and chocolate tasting setup on barThroughout the month of February in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are offering wine club members a decadent tasting experience featuring Earth & Sky Chocolates sourced locally from Calistoga. Indulge in four amazing and individually selected chocolates to pair with current releases of our Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Visit CellarPass to make your reservations.

TASTY TUESDAY VIDEOS ARE BACK

winemakers at tasting barLearn more about your favorite Starmont and Merryvale wines with these fun and entertaining videos starring Proprietor René Schlatter and Winemakers Andrew Wright and Jeff Crawford. February’s features include Merryvale Chairman’s Selection and just released 2019 Single Vineyard Pinots. You can watch these short videos on YouTube—here’s the link to our Tasty Tuesday page for everything you need to know to experience these stories ‘straight from the horses’ mouths’. Click to go to Tasty Tuesday Page!

NOT TO BE MISSED PROFILE EVENT…

Profile bottles in wine libraryMake plans to join us at Merryvale for a very special wine tasting event, “A TASTE OF PROFILE THROUGH THE DECADES” on Sunday, April 24th from 10am to 1:30pm.
During this sensory experience guests will gain a fuller understanding of how great Napa Valley Cabernet evolves in the bottle and which Profile vintages are personal favorites. This 60-minute guided seminar will be led by Merryvale proprietors assisted by an engaging and highly regarded Napa-born Master Sommelier, Sur Lucero. Following this tasting, guests will be treated to an Italian inspired lunch catered by Tre Posti and paired with Merryvale and Profile Collection wines. Tickets are available for purchase now by clicking here! For more information, please call (707) 968-3429 or email Events Manager Casey Curiel for assistance.

IN THIS SHIPMENT…
YOUR SPRING WINE CLUB RELEASES

Your membership wine preferences determine which of these wines you will receive.
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2018 Pinot Gris, Carneros
A unique expression of Pinot Gris with bright, mouth-watering acidity, fresh citrus and floral notes and hints of honey-suckle developing nicely on the soft and round palate.

Food Pairing:   Seared Scallops with Pinot Gris Butter Sauce

Ageability:   Enjoy for 5+ years from vintage date.

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2016 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros
Showing the full potential of Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir, this wine was made exclusively from Dijon Clone 667 (Blocks 1B and 1D) which expresses itself with complexity on the nose, a slight refreshing herbal component along with richness and elegance on the palate.

Food Pairing:   Fennel-Scented Duck Breasts with Pinot Noir Sauce

Ageability:   Will gain complexity over the next 10+ years.

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2017 Pinot Noir, Lee Vineyard
Made from one particular block of the Lee Vineyard which is planted to the Swan Clone, this wine tends to be the lightest and most feminine of our single vineyard Pinot Noir bottlings, evoking Burgundian thoughts.

Food Pairing:   Chicken Breasts with Rosemary and Thyme

Ageability:   Savor over the next 7+ years.

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2018 Pinot Noir, Carneros
A regional expression of Carneros Pinot Noir sourced from multiple vineyards on the Napa side of Carneros. Ours is a seleccion masal Pinot Noir, not meant to express a single clone or vineyard. The goal of this wine is to retain a varietal correctness with a sense of place.

Food Pairing:   Leek-and-Pecorino Pizza with Ground Lamb.

Ageability:   Enjoy over the next 5+ years.

User Choice Wines:

2020 Sauvignon Blanc
Notes of lemongrass, guava and honeydew melon with a bright freshness and lingering finish.
2017 Pinot Noir, Brown Ranch
The biggest and most concentration of our Pinots with rich, dense flavors from the Pommard Clone.
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich and balanced with notes of blackberries, cassis and dark chocolate.
2019 Merryvale Chardonnay, Carneros
A classic example of what Carneros fruit can offer with notes of lemon curd, pineapple and light toast.
2018 Merryvale Merlot, Coombsville
We love the freshness and dark fruit character of Merlot from this AVA.

UPCOMING EVENTS

From Vino & Pizza to our Annual Lobster Feed, get all the up-to-date information on our events for 2022 and find links to make your reservations here!
river cruise ship in France
SPECIAL NOTICE:   There are still two cabins available on the first ever MERRYVALE 2022 RIVER CRUISE through Burgundy and Provence. Click here for details! Call Barb Kalemba, Reservation Manager, at 303.339.0660 to join the fun.

Special Savings on Club Shipment Wines

Don’t forget to take advantage of your discount on case purchases of this shipment’s featured wines through the end of April. Click here to choose your favorites!

Remember to Refer A Friend to our Wine Club… And reap the benefits of our “Merry Messenger” Program! Click here for the details!

Until next time,
The Starmont Family