Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Upper Barn Chardonnay Alexander Valley, USA 2017
VINTAGE : 2017
COUNTRY : USA
REGION/APPELLATION : California, Sonoma, Alexander Valley
VARIETALS : Chardonnay
The Upper Barn Vineyard produces our most transporting Chardonnay, delivering a truly unique wine that can only be crafted from this site 1,800 ft up the mountain. The stars continue to align as this vineyard continues to produce wines with density and a dreamy mix of aromatics and texture. The texture of the 2019 Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay is both opulent and elegant, with aromas of stargazer lily, kumquat, and fennel, with the unique concentration and structure that will only improve with cellaring. This wine is perfectly balanced with flavors of honeycomb, nectarine preserves, and almond. The finish is round and mouthwatering, with linger flavors on the palate.
The impact of elevation cannot be overstated in mountain vineyards. Closer proximity to the sun, temperature inversion and meager soils are but a few of the elements unique to high altitude sites. Elevations on Stonestreet Estate range 400 to 2,400 feet, conferring an impressive array of textural and structural elements to the wines.
"I was blown away by the 2017 Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard, one of the finest Chardonnays in this report. Coming from the oldest estate vines on the Alexander Valley site, planted in 1982, and aged 11 months in 50% new French oak, it leads with an incredible bouquet of pineapple, white flowers, crushed rocks, and spice. With medium to full body, high yet integrated acidity, a thrilling texture, and a great, great finish, this is pure class and a remarkable effort from this estate. It’s drinking brilliantly today yet I suspect has the class to evolve for over a decade."
Jeb Dunnuck 98 points