2016 Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 97+
Vinous Media: 93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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100% Barrel Fermented and 100% Malolactic Fermentation!!...THIS IS JUST FANTASTIC JUICE!!

"Refined and rich-tasting, with plenty of minerality to the apple, pear and quince paste flavors. Buttery hints show midpalate, leading to a finish that unfolds with lemon curd and dried tarragon details. Drink now through 2023. 800 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The 2016 Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard comes from the oldest vines on the estate, planted in 1982. Fermented in barrel and aged for 11 months in 47% new French oak, it is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal pink grapefruit, white peaches and Granny Smith apples with nuances of honeysuckle, lemon tart and praline. Medium to full-bodied, it explodes in the mouth with citrus and savory layers, with a gorgeous silkiness and loads of ginger and mineral sparks coming through on the finish. Wow! 813 cases produced." (WA)

"Powerful and inward, the 2016 Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard conveys an almost phenolic sense of structure that is more typical of a red wine. Savory and mineral notes dominate, while overt fruit is pushed into the background, in this structured, potent Chardonnay. Today, the Upper Barn is less expressive than some of the other wines in the range." (VM)

"Here is deep and well-stuffed Chardonnay that pulls out all the stops but has more than enough very precise focused, optimally ripened fruit to balance its liberal appointment of sweet oak and lees. It is a complete and decidedly complex rendition of great breadth and obvious ambition, but it is also very carefully structured and built to impress even more if allowed to rest in the cellar for another couple of years. There is most assuredly no need to hurry here. Reviewed: June 2019" (CG)

"More tropical mango and pineapple notes define the 2016 Chardonnay Upper Barn, which is fresh, lively, and pretty on the palate. Both Chardonnays here have a terrific salinity, impeccable balance, and a great finish. This estate is from Wente and from vines planted in the 1980s. It's a seamless, elegant, structured, rocking Chardonnay that's going to age.

Stonestreet falls under the Jackson Family umbrella and focuses on higher elevation, mountain sites. The wines, made by Lisa Valtenbergs, are rock-solid across the board." (JD)

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