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2009 Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Chardonnay Upper Barn Block Alexander Valley
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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(14.6% alcohol, from an altitude of 1,800 feet):  Very pale yellow.  Captivating nose combines exotic apricot, white plum, crushed rock, brown spices and a lavender high note.  Intense and tactile on entry, then tightly coiled and penetrating in the middle, a step up over the foregoing wines in its impression of acid spine.  Very powerful, youthfully aggressive, palate-staining wine that will need time in bottle to open and expand.  Less thick and sweet at the same stage than the 2008, but at the same time more glyceral than the 2009 Gravel Bench.  A great example of a California chardonnay, by which I mean that I would not mistake it for Burgundy in a blind tasting.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay

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