Stuhlmuller Vineyards Chardonnay Alexander Valley Estate Bottled 2009
To accentuate the signature fruit and natural nuttiness of our estate grapes, we fermented this wine with 100% indigenous yeasts. Aging occurred in both barrels (94%) and larger casks (6%), all of which were French oak (8% new). The wine was fermented sure lie for 8 months and underwent 85% indigenous malolactic fermentation.
Rosemary and bright minerality on the nose, the mouth has nice soft acidity that is front-loaded, with a moderate metallic and buttery finish.
One hell of a good Chardonnay; it's definitely oaked but done so well: lots of charred and roasted nuts, a little vanilla, and concentrated peach and apple underneath that keeps one coming back from more...
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Stuhlmuller Vineyards Chardonnay Alexander Valley Estate Bottled
Made in the drier, leaner, earthier and more Chablisian style that's increasingly popular, this Chardonnay is a natural for food pairings, such as shellfish. It's a minerally wine, with elegant citrus, kiwi and pear flavors and a streamlined complexity. - S.H. The 2009 Chardonnay Alexander Valley is a big-production item of 8,400 cases. A classic California Chardonnay showing notes of white peach, a bit of honey, and background oak, it is medium to full-bodied and possesses some interesting minerality. Pure and impeccably well-made, it is a delicious, full-throttle Maconnais style of Chardonnay to drink over the next several years. An elegant show of ripe pear and honeydew melon thats medium-bodied, clean and pure. Smooth-textured and ready to drink. Drink now through 2014. 8,400 cases made. -JL
Starting in 1998, Fritz Stuhlmuller gives us his Estate bottled, classic California-style Chardonnay. Baked apples and stone fruits partner with touches of oak and vanilla. Pair with chicken in a butter cream sauce.