2014 Starmont Cabernet
All of the fruit was handpicked and hand sorted. We harvest the fruit in the early morning to preserve the fresh flavors and keep the skins intact. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were carefully sorted and de-stemmed, but not crushed, leaving over 90% whole berries. After a cold presoak an average of 2 days, the Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented hot and fast (90-92°F for 5 days) while the other varietals were fermented more traditionally (82-85°F for 9 days). The wine spent an average of 14 days on the skins and was aged 16 months in a combination of French and American oak (25% new). The wine was bottled without fining.
Grown in top vineyards across the Napa Valley, Starmont Cabernet lots were hand selected for their rich, robust flavors and fine tannins. Dark red in color, with purple and black hues. Aromas of dark cherry, currant, boysenberry and graphite with background notes of clove and dried sage. Bright fruit flavors along with subtle toasty oak are framed by well balanced acidity and well resolved tannins. The finish shows great structure with well integrated and resolved tannins. Ours is a restrained style Napa Cab, not over-ripe or overly extracted. Meant to be balanced and approachable on its own, and also pair well with food.