Stuhlmuller Vineyards Zinfandel Alexander Valley Estate Bottled 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Blackberry cobbler on the nose is framed with a bit of leather and folds in subtle oak, spice and bramble notes. This enters the mouth with power and volume, then turns snappy, treading a fine line between full-on ripe fruit and classic structure. There’s lots of blueberry and wild blackberry fruit, nicely measured oak adding some base notes, and a hint of olive here. This shows intensity and restraint, finishing with length and elegant tannins. 91 points

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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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Editorial Reviews for Stuhlmuller Vineyards Zinfandel Alexander Valley Estate Bottled

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
03/20/2013

Blackberry cobbler on the nose is framed with a bit of leather and folds in subtle oak, spice and bramble notes. This enters the mouth with power and volume, then turns snappy, treading a fine line between full-on ripe fruit and classic structure. There’s lots of blueberry and wild blackberry fruit, nicely measured oak adding some base notes, and a hint of olive here. This shows intensity and restraint, finishing with length and elegant tannins. 91 points


External Reviews for Stuhlmuller Vineyards Zinfandel Alexander Valley Estate Bottled

Vintage: 2008 11/12/2010

Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Ripeness is nicely reined in here, and likeable blackberry fruit is given its way in the lightly oaked, fruit-focused aromas and flavors of this food-worthy Zinfandel. Medium-full in bodied, supple in feel and firmed up by a streak of youthful latter-palate tannins, the wine drifts a little too far to drying astringency just now, but it can be expected that a few years of softening will bring it into good form for rewarding drinking.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


Vintage: 2008 07/05/2011

"Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Ripeness is nicely reined in here




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