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STONESTREET CHARDONNAY UPPER BARN VINEYARD, ALEXANDER VALLEY 2016
The 2016 Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard comes from the oldest vines on the estate, planted in 1982. Fermented in barrel and aged for 11 months in 47% new French oak, it is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal pink grapefruit, white peaches and Granny Smith apples with nuances of honeysuckle, lemon tart and praline. Medium to full-bodied, it explodes in the mouth with citrus and savory layers, with a gorgeous silkiness and loads of ginger and mineral sparks coming through on the finish. Wow! 813 cases produced. Drink Date 2019 - 2028. Lisa Perrotti-Brown 28th Feb 2019
NVWE Notes: This Chevalier-Montrachet-like stunner brilliantly portrays the character of its legendary vineyard. The nose fans-out focused, concentrated scents of white peach, dried golden fig, baked apple, brioche, nutmeg, hazelnut nougat and white pepper above a rich background of flinty minerality. It proves creamy-rich and just as intense on the palate, where its tighly-coiled fruit, spice and mineral notes gradually rise up to full proportion. The ultra-long flavors - a near-perfect mirror of the nose - are almost heady-rich, yet roll-out in a highly polished, dinner-worthy style. If at least three years from approaching its full expression, it is already, by any standard, a great Chardonnay. 813 cases produced.