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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2009 Marryvale Starmont Rosé

Starmont as many of you might already know is a project done by the very well known Napa winery called Marryvale. The Starmont winery was officially opened on September 6th, 2006, but the wines if I'm not mistaken have been made for a bit longer than that. Anyways, Starmont is located at the entrance to the Napa Valley on the historic Stanly Ranch and is Merryvale's vision for a state-of-the-art solar power winery.

I couldn't find any tech data on this specific wine on the winery website, however I do know it's a rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon because it says so on the front label.

On the nose this wine is actually quite aromatic and displays lovely aromas of red raspberry, cranberry with orange peel, and subtle hints of crushed stone. It's a lively and fresh smelling summer wine!

On the palate the wine is actually quite a bit more round and textured than I had expected. It's very mouth coating and actually quite full flavored. It has some red raspberry and cranberry notes to it, but the dominant characteristic of this wine is definitely citrus peel. The alcohol is a bit out of whack on the finish, which would be my only complaint with the wine. It's really quite honestly a red wine drinkers style of rosé, because it has big flavor and big alcohol.  86 points

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