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STONY HILL CHARDONNAY "ESTATE", SPRING MOUNTAIN DISTRICT NAPA VALLEY 2013
NVWE Notes: Reminiscent of the impressively age-worthy Stony Hill Chardonnays of the 1960s, the 2013 shows pristine clarity, mountain structure, loads of fruit and potent zest. The nose is a focused mix of lemon sorbet, grilled grapefruit, fresh Fuji apple, peach pit, pear skin, preserved lemon, orange blossom, vanilla wafer and mineral scents. It is rich in body, yet streamlined on the palate, where citrus pith, preserved lemon, fresh apple, pear skin and hints of mango and passion fruit dominate other flavors of white pepper, chalk, toasted almond and hazelnut. Suggestions of peach and orange highlight a lingering finish. Delicious now, it is potentially long lived. 1800 cases made.
Light, lithe and elusive, this wine begs for time in the glass to develop, and it changes as it goes, maintaining a persistence of exotic Asian spice and citrus, stony minerality and a dash of lemon peel. Green apple also shines through, the texture of the wine crisp yet complex. Drink now through 2023.