Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Thursday, August 31, 2006

2004 Merryvale Starmont Napa Chardonnay

We've had this wine many times before. The 2004 is pale straw in color with a slight hint of green. It smells of creamy vanilla and toast and tastes like a crisp green apple. At first it is tangy, salty and crisp, although eventually you can taste some of that California "tropical fruit." It's a relatively asthenic wine that cries out for food - shellfish in particular. The 2004 is just not as luxuriant as previous vintages. Starmont used to be an old standby for us, especially when it was consistently on sale for around $15 (available in some supermarkets for $16 to $20).

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