2008 Stonestreet Chardonnay Gold Run

Year: 2008
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 95
White Wine
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"The medium straw-colored 2008 Chardonnay Gold Run is a full-bodied, rich, vibrant style of wine packed and stacked with honeyed citrus, marmalade, creme brulee aromas and flavors. It should evolve for 6-8+ years.

These are far and away the most impressive group of Stonestreet Alexander Mountain estate wines I have ever tasted. Kudos to proprietor Jess Jackson and winemakers Graham Weerts and Marcia Monahan for exploiting this high elevation terroir. This has been a work-in-progress for Jackson, and he has finally hit paydirt with the following wines. Readers need to pay close attention as there are some amazing Chardonnays as well as red wines emerging from Stonestreet. There are seven distinctive cuvees of Chardonnay, ranging in production from 185 cases of Red Point, to 660 cases of Lower Rim. All of these super-impressive efforts come from elevations of 900 to 1,800 feet. I tasted one Merlot and seven Cabernet Sauvignons, and as readers can tell, these are also impressive wines. Production ranges from approximately 250 cases of the single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons (the only exception being the 5,000-case cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon Monument Ridge)." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Gold Run is sourced from block 27 and with its rolling hills, stunning views of the Alexander Valley (and spring wildflowers) is one of the most picturesque sites on Alexander Mountain Estate. Rich and powerful, Graham aged Gold Run in 100% new French oak, which provides a lingering spice on the finish.