Recently I have spent quite a bit of time in the Carneros region of Napa. As a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir enthusiast, this region has a cooler climate, which produces some incredible Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. One of the wineries I spent some time at was Starmont Winery. For those of you not familiar with Starmont Winery, let me share some more background.
Best described by the Starmont Winery team as, “Sitting at the crossroads of Carneros and Napa Valley, Starmont occupies a portion of the historic Stanly Ranch.” Carneros was established over 150 years ago as a wine growing region and is world renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The foggy mornings and cool afternoons mixed with the bay breezes create the perfect conditions for these varietals. Starmont Wines are expressive, food-friendly, and distinctly Carneros.
Arriving to Starmont, you are immediately enticed by this great outdoor space and the open, welcoming vibe. It’s one of those wineries I want to return to with friends, taste some wine, and then buy a bottle or two, relax, and enjoy the calming setting.
The tasting room where I experienced my tasting.
The line-up of wines I tasted during the visit. In addition to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, they also make Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. I found the Pinot Noir & Chardonnay wines (which I was focused on because of this region and my passion for those varietals) very nice and a great representation of Carneros cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wines are priced extremely well, most are under $30 retail!
Thanks to Starmont Winery for hosting me for this visit and tasting. If you want to read more about Starmont Winery and other Carneros Wineries, check out the Carneros Wine Alliance Spring Barrel Tasting post here.