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2009 Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Chardonnay Gravel Bench Alexander Valley
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(from vines at an elevation of 1,500 feet):  Bright yellow.  Complex, vibrant aromas of musky lemon-lime, minerals, iodine, hazelnut oil and oak char lifted by a note of lavender; I would have picked this blind as Burgundy.  Suave on entry, then juicy, peachy and uncompromisingly dry without being austere.  This broad, airy wine finishes very suave and light on its feet, with a lovely touch of sweetness and a whiplash of brisk pineapple.  Like something from the Puligny/Meursault border.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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