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Sherry-Lehmann USD 49.95 750ml

Stony Hill Chardonnay Napa Valley 2013

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This is the Chardonnay we strive for year after year. 2012 gave us an absolutely perfect growing sea-son with no rain during May fruit set, consistent warm days with no hot spells through the summer and a dry, sunny harvest in September. The resulting wine is pale straw in color with bright, fresh aromas of pears and apples and a hint of lemon zest. In the mouth you’ll taste the flavors of pure Chardonnay fruit and a distinctive minerality coming from our stony vineyards. All in all, it’s a classically pure Chardonnay with a low alcohol level of 13%. We couldn’t be happier with the prospect of this fresh, fruity Chardonnay gradually mellowing into a richly integrated wine over the next five or more years.Notes from the Winery

Stony Hill Vineyard:
When Fred and Eleanor McCrea fell in love with and bought a 160-acre goat ranch on the northeast slope of Spring Mountain in 1943, little did they envision a “Stony Hill Vineyard…visitors by appointment only” sign at the bend in the road. Yet sixty years later, the sign hangs there as a testament to their passionate dedication to producing the quality wines that Stony Hill still proudly offers.... Read more
When Fred and Eleanor McCrea fell in love with and bought a 160-acre goat ranch on the northeast slope of Spring Mountain in 1943, little did they envision a “Stony Hill Vineyard…visitors by appointment only” sign at the bend in the road. Yet sixty years later, the sign hangs there as a testament to their passionate dedication to producing the quality wines that Stony Hill still proudly offers. The property sits on the western slope of the Napa Valley between Richie Creek to the north and Lyman Creek to the south. Moderating climatic influences such as northeast-facing slopes and an elevation between 700 and 1200 feet above the valley floor make this mild microclimate an ideal location for growing premium Chardonnay grapes. Vineyard planting began in 1947, when the McCreas located a used tractor to purchase and people to clear and cultivate the land. They wanted to plant Chardonnay exclusively, because they loved the white wine of Burgundy and believed that Stony Hill offered the potential for growing fine quality white Burgundy grapes. At least they wanted to experiment. But the University of California viticulturists encouraged them to diversify for several reasons. Only 200 acres of Chardonnay grapes were planted in California at that time. It was a shy-bearing grape, disease-prone, and not well-known to the wine-drinking public. They suggested planting Pinot Blanc and White Riesling. Instead, Eleanor and Fred followed their own intuition and planted most of their vineyards to Chardonnay. The makeup of the vineyards today reflects their determination, with twenty-five acres of Chardonnay, ten acres of White Riesling, three acres of Gewurztraminer, and one acre of Semillon. 1952 Fred and Eleanor completed a small winery on the property and produced their first vintage of Chardonnay. After allowing the wine to age for two years, they began marketing Stony Hill Chardonnay through a personal letter to Bay Area friends to an encouragingly positive response. Fifty-four years later this annual September mailer is still Stony Hill's primary mode of marketing, albeit less than half now are sent via the postal service as more and more customers opt for email newsletters. Stony Hill wines are also available at select restaurants in the Napa Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other metropolitan areas across the United States. Read less

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Snooth User: Barberesco
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2001 01/03/2013

Four and a half glasses


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Vintage: 1999 02/27/2008

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External Reviews for Stony Hill Chardonnay Napa Valley

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Vintage: 2007 02/22/2013

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Stony Hill Chardonnay 750ml


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Vintage: 2007 02/27/2013

A classic old-style California Chardonnay displaying citrus, lime oil, green apples, with plenty of acidity but very good flavors as well, this is California's version of a French Chablis. They have been making Chardonnays since 1952, so they are cle... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Stony Hill Chardonnay 750ml


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Vintage: 2007 11/14/2013

A classic old-style California Chardonnay displaying citrus lime oil green apples with plenty of acidity but very good flavors as well this is California s version of a French Chablis. They have been making Chardonnays since 1952 so they are clearly doing something right. This wine should evolve for at least 5-7 years although some vintages last longer. -Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Vintage: 2005 10/06/2009

92 Points Wine Enthusiast:Heres one of those rare California Chards that needs time. The wine is tight tough and minerally in its youth with an austerity of flavors suggesting Meyer lemons nectarines and flint. Bone dry and crisp it should blossom between 2008 and 2015 with proper cellaring.


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Vintage: 2005 10/06/2009

92WE no further case discount


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Vintage: 2002 01/16/2009

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2002 Stony Hill Chardonnay 750ml


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Vintage: 1995 10/15/2009

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 1995 Stony Hill Chardonnay 750ml


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This is the Chardonnay we strive for year after year. 2012 gave us an absolutely perfect growing sea-son with no rain during May fruit set, consistent warm days with no hot spells through the summer and a dry, sunny harvest in September. The resulting wine is pale straw in color with bright, fresh aromas of pears and apples and a hint of lemon zest. In the mouth you’ll taste the flavors of pure Chardonnay fruit and a distinctive minerality coming from our stony vineyards. All in all, it’s a classically pure Chardonnay with a low alcohol level of 13%. We couldn’t be happier with the prospect of this fresh, fruity Chardonnay gradually mellowing into a richly integrated wine over the next five or more years.Notes from the Winery

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