Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2015

$24

Stuhlmuller Vineyards is located at the southern edge of the Alexander Valley, where it converges with two other highly regarded Sonoma County appellations, Chalk Hill and the Russian River Valley. A great new small-production discovery for us, we highly recommend this Chardonnay. Robert Parker: "A classic California Chardonnay showing notes of white peach, a bit of honey, and background oak, it is medium to full-bodied and possesses some interesting minerality. Pure and impeccably well-made, it is a delicious, full-throttle Maconnais style of Chardonnay to drink over the next several years.  These wines have shown consistently well in my tastings. Moreover, they represent excellent value for high quality."

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Ratings on Delectable

Matt Trader, TWP Delectable Pro

I will admit.. I dont typically like warmer climate Chard - for my personal preferences, they tend to be overly ripe, overly oaked and flabby. Maybe that is a gross overreaction to new world Chardonnay. However, this one surprised me. I haven't had any Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, which is more known for warm climate bold red varietals such as Cabernet and Zinfandel.. but it was well balanced, with lush acidity, ample NOT overripe fruit, well integrated nutty and buttery nuances, tropical fruit characteristics... overall for ~$30, great effort. Only complaint is that the finish falls just a tad too quickly... but it has a definite Mersault/St Aubin feel about it, which is what I enjoy. Definitely worth hunting down if you haven't tried this producer.

I will admit.. I dont typically like warmer climate Chard - for my personal preferences, they tend to be overly ripe, overly oaked and flabby. Maybe that is a gross overreaction to new world Chardonnay. However, this one surprised me. I haven't had any Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, which is more known for warm climate bold red varietals such as Cabernet and Zinfandel.. but it was well balanced, with lush acidity, ample NOT overripe fruit, well integrated nutty and buttery nuances, tropical fruit characteristics... overall for ~$30, great effort. Only complaint is that the finish falls just a tad too quickly... but it has a definite Mersault/St Aubin feel about it, which is what I enjoy. Definitely worth hunting down if you haven't tried this producer.

8.9

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

After selling grapes to a number of wineries, in the 90's Fritz Stuhlmuller decided to put the family's name on a label, to produce small lots of Chard & Cab. Located a stone's throw from Chalk Hill and the RRV. Aromas of fruit and toasty oak spice. On the palate pear, apple and hints of peach with citrus notes and nice round oaky tones. Medium+ finish ending with a creamy mineral edge.

After selling grapes to a number of wineries, in the 90's Fritz Stuhlmuller decided to put the family's name on a label, to produce small lots of Chard & Cab. Located a stone's throw from Chalk Hill and the RRV. Aromas of fruit and toasty oak spice. On the palate pear, apple and hints of peach with citrus notes and nice round oaky tones. Medium+ finish ending with a creamy mineral edge.

9.0

Joe Becerra Delectable Pro

Good texture, moderate in style. Balance acid.

Good texture, moderate in style. Balance acid.

8.9

Jennifer

What I lived on in at the resort in Kaua unless at lunch or dinner. I’ll never be a fan of CA Chard’s. I’m exceptionally picky. Light oak, no butter and fruit forward but it runs flat. It would be a lot better if it were steel barrel wine and if it is it could’ve fooled me.

What I lived on in at the resort in Kaua unless at lunch or dinner. I’ll never be a fan of CA Chard’s. I’m exceptionally picky. Light oak, no butter and fruit forward but it runs flat. It would be a lot better if it were steel barrel wine and if it is it could’ve fooled me.

8.7

Emmett Reed

Fairly classic Chardonnay, not overly oaked. Fruit shines through nicely. 2015 Vintage

Fairly classic Chardonnay, not overly oaked. Fruit shines through nicely. 2015 Vintage

8.9

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