Chardonnay Upper Barn 2011

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Art. # 1136
The Stonestreet Estate is located on the western ridge of Mayacamas Mountains towering over Alexander Valley. Good elevation, sea breeze and volcanic soils give the area its uniqueness. The wine is soft tannin, peppery and fruity.

Profile

  • Fruit
  • Body
  • Dryness
  • Freshness
  • Alcohol

Variety

Chardonnay

Flavours

  • Citrus Citrus
  • Spices Spices
  • Flowers Flowers
  • Mineral Flavors Mineral Flavors

Glass

For white wine

Serving Temperature

Cold Cold

Food pairing

  • White Meats White Meats
  • Soft Cheese Soft Cheese
  • Pasta Pasta

Maturity

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More about this wine

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards is proof of the quality of highland winemaking in California. This is a collection of detached plots planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc - vines carved into the extreme landscape. They are located in the eastern part of the Alexander Valley AVA, at an altitude of 100 to 700 meters above sea level. Due to this, the property differs more than 20 types of soils and 20 temperature zones. Stonestreet Estate is a mosaic of peaks, valleys and ridges, volcanic soils and cold sea breezes. In order to guarantee maximum quality and authenticity, 235 plots have been separated, grouped by varieties and branches and in accordance with the complexity of the terrain and the applied viticultural practices. This variety allows master winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs to create plot-specific wines, vintage after vintage.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the world's most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Of course, the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, but many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America. Describing the flavours of Chardonnay is not easy. This is not thanks to the complexity of the varietal itself but usually due its susceptibility to winemaking techniques - such as Malolactic fermentation which gives distinctive buttery aromas or Fermentation or maturation in oak barrels which contributes to the wine with smokey notes of vanilla, honey and even cinnamon, and not last the lees contact while in barrel imparts biscuity, doughy flavours. And all these incorporated with the varietal aromas of tropical (banana, pineapple and guava) to stone fruits (peach, nectarine and apricot), sometimes even citrus and apple notes. Climate plays a major role in dictating which fruit flavours a Chardonnay will have - warm regions (California, Australia ) make more tropical styles; temperate zones (southern Burgundy, New Zealand) - stone fruit notes, while the very coolest (Chablis, Champagne) lean towards green-apple aromas.

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