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"Pure and rich, well-centered on a core of honeydew, apricot, pear and fig flavors, showing touches of spicy oak, fresh earth and dried herb. Inviting. Drink now. 2,888 cases made.
–JL " (WS)
"The 2014 Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay is superb, with plenty of white peach and poached pear notes, beautiful purity, a lusty, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, subtle French oak, and terrific fruit and honeysuckle. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
Over the last half-dozen or so years, the Jackson family have dramatically and consistently upgraded the quality of Stonestreet Estate Vineyards. All of these wines come from their huge Alexander Valley mountain estate, and the winemaker of recent vintages has been Lisa Valtenbergs. She and her predecessor began decreasing the amount of new oak on the wines, and it has been a perfect marriage with the great fruit they get from their diverse terroirs spread over this mountain vineyard, ranging from 800 to over 2,400 feet in elevation in the case of some of the Cabernet Sauvignons. There are seven separate cuvées of Chardonnay, all of them exceptional, as well as a very limited production (280 cases) 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
To reiterate, all seven Chardonnays emerge from various vineyards at different elevations, and all are fermented with indigenous yeasts. For the most part, every one of them is aged 11 months after being fermented with native yeast. The percentage of new oak varies, most of them in the 38 to 50% range, and they use only French oak. There are some great Chardonnays here, with production ranging from a high of 2,860 cases for the Estate Chardonnay, and the single vineyard wines ranging from a low of 259 cases for the Red Point to 939 cases for the Upper Barn. The red wines all range in quantity levels from a low of 205 cases for the Monolith Vineyard to 11,339 cases for the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyard elevations range from a low of 400 feet to as high as 2,400 feet. The wines are all aged in French oak with varying percentages of new oak, indicated in the following tasting notes. Of course, all of these come from the massive Alexander Mountain estate vineyard, which is divided into 300 blocks, with nearly 800 acres planted. This is a small percentage, given the fact that the entire estate encompasses 6,000 acres! If my recollection is correct, the late Jess Jackson considered this estate one of the true jewels in his extensive vineyard holdings."(WA)
"The 2014 Chardonnay Estate opens with striking aromatics. Pliant and open-knit, the 2014 is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Yellow orchard fruit, apricot pit, honey and chamomile meld into the expressive finish. The Estate is a fabulous introduction to the Stonestreet Chardonnays." (VM)
As a blend of our best Chardonnay vineyard sites, the Estate bottling is
one of the most compelling illustrations of the mountain. Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs
blends the wine with shrewd precision, balancing aromatic intrigue, texture and the
Mayacamas’ signature structural elements into a pure reflection of the vintage.
In 2014, the Estate exhibits buoyant fruit-Bartlett pear, peach and golden delicious
apple-with honeysuckle, sweet baking spices and an oceanic note shading the
background. The palate mirrors that exuberant tree fruit within a rich, generous
texture and walks a tightrope into balancing citrus pith, and a thrilling stony note-
a sly wink to the volcanic activity from 35 million years before. Decant for further
aromatic and textural enjoyment.