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STONESTREET CHARDONNAY, UPPER BARN VINEYARD, ALEXANDER VALLEY 2014
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
From a site made famous by Helen Turley when she was buying its fruit, the 2014 Chardonnay Upper Barn is at an 1,800-foot elevation and spent 11 months in 52% new French oak. A killer Chardonnay (as it always has been), the wine offers up notes of wet gravel, citrus oil, apple blossom, orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and a hint of almond paste. Fabulous fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish characterizes this dry, gorgeous, compelling Chardonnay that should age effortlessly for a decade or more.
NVWE Notes: This is a justly famous vineyard and here is yet another reason why. The nose is a luxurious and precise perfume of baked apple, white peach, dried golden fig, preserved lemon, lime, yellow rose, honeysuckle, meringue, vanilla and toasted hazelnut scents. At once palate-coating and racy, with bright balancing zest, the flavors are an ultra long cascade of stone and citrus fruits, tarte tatin, lemon cream pie, hazelnut nougat and honeysuckle, perched above firming mineral undercurrents. Gorgeous now and deserving of service with grand cuisine, it should be even more opulent and refined given a few more years of cellar-time. 900 6-packs produced.