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Stonestreet Chardonnay Broken Road 2007

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Elevation, exposure and gravel soils combine to create a wine of minerality and focus.

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Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate:
One place to start the Stonestreet story would be 1989, when we first began making wine here in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. But the true starting point came much earlier, long before any human endeavor was involved. The beginning of Stonestreet can be traced back three million years when a volcano exploded and deposited a richness of rock and ash and minerals over what is now Napa and Son... Read more
One place to start the Stonestreet story would be 1989, when we first began making wine here in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. But the true starting point came much earlier, long before any human endeavor was involved. The beginning of Stonestreet can be traced back three million years when a volcano exploded and deposited a richness of rock and ash and minerals over what is now Napa and Sonoma counties. Over time, lava flow from that volcano created a mountain range between the two regions, and innumerable earthquakes since have added to the ruggedness of those mountains. Today that mountain range is called the Mayacamas. The vineyards of our Alexander Mountain Estate are planted along the Mayacamas at elevations from 400 to 2,400 feet above sea level. These elevations help to explain why we are able to grow wine grapes which such intensity and concentration. Soil and Struggle The past is always close at hand when you're in our vineyards. If you were to stand, say, at our Upper Barn Vineyard (elevation: 1800 feet), from which we produce a Chardonnay by that same name, you would have a clear view of mountains whose contours tell the story of ancient volcanoes. If you were to stand in the same vineyard and look down, you'd see rock of all sizes-from pea-sized gravel to boulders as big as buses-that hailed down on the region when mountaintops exploded eons ago. Our rocky, mineral-laden soils cause our grapevines to struggle for survival. The result is smaller berries and smaller yields per acre, but fruit that is more intense and which reflects the minerality of the soil from which it grows. The Presence of the Pacific These lean, rock-strewn soils, along with mountain elevations, comprise two-thirds of the Stonestreet story. Our story is not complete without the final third: climate. The perennially cool Pacific Ocean lies 22 miles to the west of our vineyards and we always feel that maritime presence. While it's true that grapes need heat to mature, it's also true that grapes shut down when the heat becomes too intense. We find that the ocean exerts precisely the right influence on the temperature of our vineyards. The right elevations. The right soils. The right distance from the ocean. Call it coincidence, serendipity or just plain dumb luck that all three of these elements combined the way they did to make it possible to grow world-class wine grapes here. Some Facts about Stonestreet Total acreage: 5,100 (3 miles wide, 5 miles long) Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Chardonnay Elevation of vineyards: 400 to 2,400 feet Highest point on the estate: 2,800 feet Distance from Pacific Ocean: 22 miles Soil types: varied-volcanic, clay-loan, rock/gravel Five distinct ridges on the estate--named sites include Deer Knoll, Black Mountain, Bear Canyon, Black Cougar Ridge. Read less

External Reviews for Stonestreet Chardonnay Broken Road

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 11/29/2013

The 2011 Chardonnay Broken Road is a great introduction to the Stonestreet wines. Rich layered and deeply textured — but not at all heavy — the 2011 is simply brilliant. Lemon oil, butter and crushed rocks are all very much alive in the glass. The 2011 is absolutely delicious, but it could use another 6–12 months in bottle to fully come together, as it is a bit tight at the moment. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2018.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 11/29/2013

Bright yellow. Highly nuanced nose combines lemon custard, smoked meat, minerals and hazelnut complicated by a sulfidey quality. Plush but very dry, with a lightly saline quality adding interest to the perfumed pineapple and mineral flavors. Finishes stony, dry and long. This is remarkably Burgundian for a California chardonnay in its price range. A worthy successor to the outstanding 2010 bottling.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2011 06/18/2013

According to Antonio Galloni - Stonestreet is arguably the greatest undiscovered gem in the Kendall-Jackson portfolio. The wines are always distinctive and full of personality. Best of all, they remain exceptionally fairly priced.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

A viscous wonder! The golden hue lures you into of potpourri of baked pear and apple tartlet aromaa. The palate suggest a completely different spectrum with tropical notes of fresh sliced pineapple and guava. The creamy mid-palate is tempered by a streak of stony minerality and a kiss of oak to keep it all angular on the finish. A full bodied effort this is tempting and delicious now though it will age for another 3-4 years. It s hard to believe the price on this release all sourced from a single mountain estate site. This is exactly what many of my California faithful seek for a house or party chardonnay. Neil Mechanic.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 12/06/2013

Even though this Chardonnay has rich, ripe flavors of tropical fruit, peaches, apples and honey, it possesses an austere elegance by virtue of dryness, minerality and acidity. The blocks from which the grapes were grown are part of Stonestreet’s holdings in the mountains overlooking Alexander Valley. This is a fine wine, intricate and powerful. Drink now–2015.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 08/22/2013

A viscous wonder! The golden hue lures you into of potpourri of baked pear and apple tartlet aromaa. The palate suggest a completely different spectrum with tropical notes of fresh sliced pineapple and guava. The creamy mid-palate is tempered by a s... Neil Mechanic A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2011 2011 Stonestreet Chardonnay Broken Road Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 05/17/2012

The 2010 Chardonnay Broken Road is a textured wine graced with notable depth and richness. This is a slightly fatter style than the Upper Barn, but there is no shortage of minerality or vibrancy here. The Broken Road comes across as quite round and t... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Stonestreet Chardonnay Broken Road 750ml


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Elevation, exposure and gravel soils combine to create a wine of minerality and focus.

369 cases produced.

Aged 11 months in French Oak.


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