Stonestreet Gravel Bench Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
The Gravel Bench Chardonnay showcases the elevation and rocky soils of the sloping East/Southeast exposure, which provides the requisite ripeness; and lo and behold - this wine expresses the warmth of a gravel bench alongside the attitude of altitude.
"As hard as it is to believe, the 2008 Chardonnay Gravel Bench is even better. A prodigious effort, it tastes like liquid rocks intermixed with tropical fruits, shortbread, subtle butterscotch, caramelized oranges, and candied apples. This beautifully textured, stunningly pure, loaded, long Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next 6-10 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Pale yellow-straw. Highly complex, Burgundian aromas of apple, peach, flowers, minerals and musky spices. Tightly wound, dry and vibrant, with mineral and crushed stone flavors dominating the palate. Wonderfully delicate and delineated wine with a very long, adamantly dry finish throwing off notes of mint, spearmint oil and resins. I'd love to throw this into a tasting of top white Burgundies."
International Wine Cellar
"Quite oaky, with vanilla and caramelized meringue notes dominating, but underneath is a dry, crisp Chardonnay of enormous size. It’s minerally, with a rich vein of pineapples and mangoes. Decant for a while, and don’t serve too cold. "
Lovers of oaky chardonnay will love this wine. Sadly, it's not me.
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In the autumn of 1989, Jess Jackson acquired the Zellerbach winery and renamed it in honor of his late father, Jess Stonestreet Jackson. Stonestreet quickly garnered international acclaim for their powerful reds and luscious whites.
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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