+ Add Critic Score

Submit a Critic Score

Score:

Name of Critic:

Close

Stuhlmuller Vineyards Alexander Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Reserve Chardonnay fruit was hand harvested with both the clone 15 fruit and old-vine Gauer clone fruit coming in on September 25 at 24.5 and 25.2 Brix respectively. An additional selection of grapes from younger Gauer clone vines came in on September 27 at 25.5 Brix. All three lots were whole cluster pressed and kept separate throughout fermentation. The clone 15 wine was fermented in French oak puncheons, while the Gauer clone lots were fermented in French oak barrels (40% new) with an emphasis on oak from Allier and Vosges. To enhance the 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 16 months in barrel and a half year in bottle. It was bottled unfiltered and as a result has a natural, hazy quality.

  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • List It
  • Add Review
0 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
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

The 2006 Reserve Chardonnay fruit was hand harvested with both the clone 15 fruit and old-vine Gauer clone fruit coming in on September 25 at 24.5 and 25.2 Brix respectively. An additional selection of grapes from younger Gauer clone vines came in on September 27 at 25.5 Brix. All three lots were whole cluster pressed and kept separate throughout fermentation. The clone 15 wine was fermented in French oak puncheons, while the Gauer clone lots were fermented in French oak barrels (40% new) with an emphasis on oak from Allier and Vosges. To enhance the 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 16 months in barrel and a half year in bottle. It was bottled unfiltered and as a result has a natural, hazy quality.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.35
Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals






Snooth Media Network