Starmont Winery & Vineyards

Stanly Ranch Estate
2015 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 122
Vintage

2015

Starmont Winery & Vineyards

Stanly Ranch Estate

Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Single barrel from our sustainably farmed Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Los Carneros
  • Grown on Dijon Clone 667 and whole-berry fermented with native yeast in an open-top fermenter
  • 20 months in 60% new French oak, racked twice; nine months on primary lees, 11 months on light lees
  • A minimalist winemaking philosophy ensures this wine is a true expression of this historic site

Our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard was once part of a Spanish land grant known as Rancho Rincon de Los Carneros. In the late 1800s, one of California’s wine pioneers, Judge John Stanly purchased 300 acres and became the first to achieve critical acclaim for Los Carneros wines in 1888. In the 1960s and 70s, Louis Martini, the Wente Family and UC Davis conducted groundbreaking clonal trials for Pinot Noir here. Today, the property is farmed to the highest standards with an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Winemaker Jeff Crawford has focused on our Los Carneros roots and this single barrel lot offers an elevated sensory experience: intensity with longer barrel time; concentrated fruit; good structure and depth with a lengthy finish. The Dijon clone 667 expresses itself with complexity on the nose ranging from dark berries to a light, refreshing herbal component. The wine is rich and elegant on the palate showing the incredible potential of Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

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."

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