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Stonestreet Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

One of our most profound sites (block 48), is situated at 1,800 feet. The rocky, shallow site is exposed and straddles a high ridgeline. The wine from Upper Barn is known for its complexity and hedonistic texture and reveals itself in luscious layers with each subsequent swirl and sni in the glass.

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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 Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 06/21/2014

Full bright yellow. Ripe, deep aromas of lemon peel, tangerine, beeswax, crushed rock and dusty herbs, with hints of honey and tropical fruits. Large-scaled, rich and tactile, with nearly viscous flavors of lemon, white peach and butterscotch. Really compelling, ripe, vibrant fruit here, and wonderfully broad and dry. Very complex and sexy wine, a brilliant rendition of this outstanding chardonnay vineyard.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 06/25/2014

Always a compelling wine, the 2011 Upper Barn shows the estate’s classic acidity and minerality that give it such linear elegance. There is, however, nothing shy about the flavors, which are an explosion of oranges, peaches, limes, honey and new oak. This wine is not for aging, so drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 06/21/2014

The 2011 Chardonnay Upper Barn comes across deep, rich and implosive. A wine of considerable energy and sheer power, the 2011 boasts serious extract. The Upper Barn is the biggest and broadest of the Stonestreet Chardonnays. It will appeal most to readers who like powerful Chardonnays. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2018.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 09/21/2012

The 2010 Chardonnay Upper Barn is a gorgeous wine. Apricots, peaches, flowers and subtle French oak are all woven together in this elegant, refined white. This is a super-finessed style that is immensely appealing. Persistent citrus and saline notes ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

This Chardonnay has all the bells and whistles the winemaker can bestow on it. It s soft and creamy with flavors of sweetly-sour pineapple and lemon-drop candy buttered toast and savory cinnamon spices. Fine acidity gives a sheen to the richness. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/19/2013

This Chardonnay has all the bells and whistles the winemaker can bestow on it. Its soft and creamy, with flavors of sweetly-sour pineapple and lemon-drop candy, buttered toast and savory cinnamon spices. Fine acidity gives a sheen to the richness. -... Wine Enthusiast. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn 750ml


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard 2007 and all other premium wine from Stonestreet Winery available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


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One of our most profound sites (block 48), is situated at 1,800 feet. The rocky, shallow site is exposed and straddles a high ridgeline. The wine from Upper Barn is known for its complexity and hedonistic texture and reveals itself in luscious layers with each subsequent swirl and sni in the glass.

385 cases produced.

Aged 11 months in French Oak.


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