Starmont Vineyards

Stanly Ranch Estate & Brown Ranch
2019 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 117
Vintage

2019

Starmont Vineyards

Stanly Ranch Estate & Brown Ranch

Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Your wine is a unique, single-barrel blend of our sustainably farmed Stanly Ranch Estate and Brown Ranch vineyards
  • Combination of Dijon Clone 667 from Stanly Ranch Estate (67%) and Pommard Clone from Brown Ranch (33%)
  • Aging 18 months in lightly used French oak
  • Very traditional approach to winemaking, highlighting the fruit for a pure expression of each site

Starmont's Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard and the Brown Ranch Vineyard are located within three miles of each other on the Napa side of the Los Carneros AVA. This PNV lot is a blend of fruit from these two exceptional vineyard sites, each providing a distinct expression of Pinot Noir. The Stanly Ranch fruit is Dijon clone 667 and provides high-toned cherry and cranberry red fruit aromas, and a fresh acidic length on the palate. The Brown Ranch fruit is from the Pommard clone and adds darker aromas of Mission fig and earthy minerality, and on the palate provides a bit of weight and rounds out the mid-palate. With its rich history of pioneering clonal trials in the 1970s, Los Carneros is renowned for Pinot Noir that reflects true varietal character, and this two-vineyard blend is no exception. Winemaker Jeff Crawford has focused on these two vineyards, both farmed to the highest standards with an emphasis on quality and sustainability, because of the unique characteristics each consistently yield. Using traditional winemaking methods and a modest amount of French oak, the result is a wine that expresses the best of each site and demonstrates the incredible pedigree of Los Carneros Pinot Noir.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Jeff Crawford

Winemaker, Starmont Vineyards

Winemaker, Jeff Crawford

It was during his time at UC Davis that Jeff developed a passion for wine. His burgeoning enthusiasm inspired him to take a job as a harvest intern at Gallo after graduation. In 2007, Jeff headed to Napa and joined the Starmont cellar crew. He was quickly promoted to Cellar Master a year later. In 2010, Jeff became Starmont's Assistant Winemaker and in 2014 he was elevated to Winemaker.

Country born: United States

Education: Born in Alaska and raised in Minnesota, Jeff Crawford headed to Hawaii after high school to escape the cold. Fully thawed in 1997, he moved back to the mainland to earn his B.A. in Economics with a Minor in Philosophy from UC Davis.

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Jeff's vinous perspective has been shaped by his journeys to less-traveled winegrowing locales around the globe including Oregon, Germany and Greece. "I'm constantly trying to expand my wine horizons through travel, reading, education, conversation and tasting. Every so often I actually drink some wine too. I just received my Level 3 WSET Certificate and will continue to take classes and attend seminars in order to sharpen my knowledge and hone my craft."

With Jeff's input, the winery has upgraded its winemaking equipment and implemented new protocols to ensure that the wines are of the highest quality and true to their origins. "In many ways Starmont is a microcosm of the Carneros region," says Jeff. "Our wines are classically balanced and subtle. Structure and evenhandedness are the rule rather than the exception. And, although we are focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, we also produce some pretty impressive Merlots and Syrahs."

The Market

10566 N Medinah Circle
Fresno  CA  93730-3556
559-432-3306

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