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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Stonestreet Gravel Bench Chardonnay 2009
Stonestreet Gravel Bench Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 119680)
boutique wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

As the name would suggest, although this site lies at a high elevation, its bench-like exposure allows a pronounced richness to develop in the grapes. Here on the gravel soils, aromas and flavors of baked apple, shortbread, warm spice and roasted almond open to a powerful, richly textured palate; all that generosity is held in check by the structural signature of the mountain - liquid minerality.
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About Stonestreet:

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.

Today, Stonestreet wines are undergoing a transformation, using fruit from Alexander Mountain Estate and new winemaking techniques. Alexander Mountain Estate, with lean, well-draining soils and cooler temperature, produces fruit with smaller berries and more intense color and flavor. Stonestreet is dedicated to fulfilling the promise of Alexander Valley's exceptional and distinctive vineyards. Traditional, Old World methods of hand harvesting, small barrel lot production, native yeast fermentation and bottling each wine unfiltered brings out the best in specific grape varieties and provides the quality framework for each Stonestreet wine.