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Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2015

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Notes: One of our finest vintages of Estate Chardonnay ever, this wine displays alluring aromas of green pineapple, white tea, ginger, Meyer lemon and honeysuckle. On the palate, flavors of ripe pear are supported by lovely weight and a creamy texture. Vineyards: Five blocks of Chardonnay are planted in the well-drained, benchland soils. The famous Gauer Upper Barn clone, one of California’s most sought-after Chardonnay selections, comprises 80 percent of these vines. The 2015 Estate Chardonnay is crafted primarily from a mix of Gauer, Robert Young and clone 4 fruit. From the Gauer clone, the Chardonnay derives flavors of Asian pear, spice and a natural nuttiness, the Robert Young grapes add lovely acidity and the clone 4 grapes contribute mild tropical flavors. Winemaking: Though 2015 delivered the earliest harvest in our history, and very low yields, the quality and concentration of the grapes was exceptional. A warm winter and spring led to early budbreak, flowering and veraison. High temperatures in August further accelerated the pace of harvest, but with yields down by as much as 20 to 30%, everything was able to ripen beautifully, delivering lovely intensity. We began picking our Chardonnay in mid-August and were done by September, with average Brix of 21.5 to 22.0˚ Aging: Aging occurred in both barrels (80%) and larger casks (20%), all of which were French oak (5% new). Fermentation: The wine was fermented sur lie for 8 months and underwent 80% indigenous malolactic fermentation. Alcohol: 13.9%

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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

External Reviews for Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/16/2018

Notes: One of our finest vintages of Estate Chardonnay ever, this wine displays alluring aromas of green pineapple, white tea, ginger, Meyer lemon and honeysuckle. On the palate, flavors of ripe pear are supported by lovely weight and a creamy texture. Vineyards: Five blocks of Chardonnay are planted in the well-drained, benchland soils. The famous Gauer Upper Barn clone, one of California’s most sought-after Chardonnay selections, comprises 80 percent of these vines. The 2015 Estate Chardonnay is crafted primarily from a mix of Gauer, Robert Young and clone 4 fruit. From the Gauer clone, the Chardonnay derives flavors of Asian pear, spice and a natural nuttiness, the Robert Young grapes add lovely acidity and the clone 4 grapes contribute mild tropical flavors. Winemaking: Though 2015 delivered the earliest harvest in our history, and very low yields, the quality and concentration of the grapes was exceptional. A warm winter and spring led to early budbreak, flowering and veraison. High temperatures in August further accelerated the pace of harvest, but with yields down by as much as 20 to 30%, everything was able to ripen beautifully, delivering lovely intensity. We began picking our Chardonnay in mid-August and were done by September, with average Brix of 21.5 to 22.0˚ Aging: Aging occurred in both barrels (80%) and larger casks (20%), all of which were French oak (5% new). Fermentation: The wine was fermented sur lie for 8 months and underwent 80% indigenous malolactic fermentation. Alcohol: 13.9%




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