2007 Stuhlmuller Vineyards Alexander Valley Estate Chardonnay
92 points Robert Parker: "It is hard to find a 92-point Chardonnay for $24 a bottle, but Stuhlmuller’s 2007 Chardonnay (5,600 cases) is a beauty. Lemon oil, honeysuckle, white currant, white peach, and poached pear characteristics are present in this beauty along with terrific freshness, medium to full body, a layered mouthfeel, and a long, pure, dry finish. Drink this knock-out Chardonnay over the next 2-3 years." (12/08) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The best Chardonnays from this warm Sonoma County valley show tropical fruit flavors and are quite decadent, and this is one of the best. With crisp acidity, it brims with pineapple creme brulee, papaya and vanilla custard. Drink this opulent wine with rich fare, such as scallops, crab and lobster." (05/09) 91 points from Wine Spectator: "Tangy lime and citrus notes join riper green apple and honeydew melon in this supple, full-bodied, complex and elegant offering. The finish is long and clean. Drink now through 2011. 5,600 cases made." (Tasting Highlights, 12/08) The even 2007 growing season kept potential alcohol in check, while preserving the natural acidity and purity of fruit in the wine. This chardonnay boasts pineapple, ginger and sweet corn aromas that build up to layers of tropical fruit, white flowers and oak spice on the palate. Lees stirring adds a creaminess mid-palate to the already richly-textured wine.