Stuhlmuller Vineyards Alexander Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Reserve Chardonnay was hand harvested in two rounds of picking. The clone 15 fruit was harvested on September 28 at 24.3 Brix, while the Gauer clone fruit came in on October 5 at 24.5 Brix. The two clones were whole cluster pressed and kept separate throughout fermentation. The clone 15 wine was fermented in puncheon, while the Gauer clone lot was fermented in French oak (50% new) with an emphasis on oak from Allier and Vosges. In order to enhance the intrinsic flavors of both lots, 100 percent indigenous yeasts were used. The wine was sur lie aged, with the lees being stirred over a 6-month period prior to blending. In total, the wine spent 13 months in barrel and over a half year in bottle. It was bottled unfiltered and as a result has a natural, hazy quality.

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Stuhlmuller Vineyards:
Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built a reputation as growers of world-class grapes, selling their coveted fruit to a number of top area wineries. By the mid-‘90s, Fritz Stuhlmuller was so inspired by the complex wines being made from his family’s vineyard that he established a small, artisan winery bearing the Stuhlmuller name. The vineyard’s unique terroir creates C... Read more
Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built a reputation as growers of world-class grapes, selling their coveted fruit to a number of top area wineries. By the mid-‘90s, Fritz Stuhlmuller was so inspired by the complex wines being made from his family’s vineyard that he established a small, artisan winery bearing the Stuhlmuller name. The vineyard’s unique terroir creates Chardonnay fruit with classic Alexander Valley tropical characteristics, food-friendly citrus acidity and a distinctive mineral touch. The Cabernet Sauvignon offers enticing hints of sage and bay leaf coupled with the region's signature flavors of rich cherry, black fruit and cocoa. In 2000 Stuhlmuller Vineyards built a new winery on the property, sized precisely to handle the small amounts of world-class, estate fruit the Stuhlmullers select to create their wines. Guided by gifted winemaker Leo Hansen (and consulting winemaker Kerry Damskey), Stuhlmuller Vineyards handcrafts, small-lot wines that embody a rich, expressive charm, and a distinctive sense of place. Read less
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The 2005 Reserve Chardonnay was hand harvested in two rounds of picking. The clone 15 fruit was harvested on September 28 at 24.3 Brix, while the Gauer clone fruit came in on October 5 at 24.5 Brix. The two clones were whole cluster pressed and kept separate throughout fermentation. The clone 15 wine was fermented in puncheon, while the Gauer clone lot was fermented in French oak (50% new) with an emphasis on oak from Allier and Vosges. In order to enhance the intrinsic flavors of both lots, 100 percent indigenous yeasts were used. The wine was sur lie aged, with the lees being stirred over a 6-month period prior to blending. In total, the wine spent 13 months in barrel and over a half year in bottle. It was bottled unfiltered and as a result has a natural, hazy quality.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.7% pH: 3.45
Total Acidity: 0.54 grams per liter

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