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2016 Stonestreet "Upper Barn Vineyard" Alexander Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1418200 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard comes from the oldest vines on the estate, planted in 1982. Fermented in barrel and aged for 11 months in 47% new French oak, it is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal pink grapefruit, white peaches and Granny Smith apples with nuances of honeysuckle, lemon tart and praline. Medium to full-bodied, it explodes in the mouth with citrus and savory layers, with a gorgeous silkiness and loads of ginger and mineral sparks coming through on the finish. Wow! (LPB) 97+ Inner quote mark (2/2019)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark More tropical mango and pineapple notes define the 2016 Chardonnay Upper Barn, which is fresh, lively, and pretty on the palate. Both Chardonnays here have a terrific salinity, impeccable balance, and a great finish. This estate is from Wente and from vines planted in the 1980s. It's a seamless, elegant, structured, rocking Chardonnay that's going to age. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Powerful and inward, the 2016 Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard conveys an almost phenolic sense of structure that is more typical of a red wine. Savory and mineral notes dominate, while overt fruit is pushed into the background, in this structured, potent Chardonnay. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Here is deep and well-stuffed Chardonnay that pulls out all the stops but has more than enough very precise focused, optimally ripened fruit to balance its liberal appointment of sweet oak and lees. It is a complete and decidedly complex rendition of great breadth and obvious ambition, but it is also very carefully structured and built to impress even more if allowed to rest in the cellar for another couple of years. There is most assuredly no need to hurry here. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Refined and rich-tasting, with plenty of minerality to the apple, pear and quince paste flavors. Buttery hints show midpalate, leading to a finish that unfolds with lemon curd and dried tarragon details. (KM) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Upper Barn Vineyard was planted in 1982 to a Hyde-Wente selection (from the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros). Those mature vines, growing at an altitude of 1,800 feet in the Mayacamas Mountains, produced a rich, pear-scented chardonnay. Lisa Valtenbergs ferments it without added yeasts in barrels, where it completes malolactic fermentation and develops a buttery integration. As a young wine, it’s cool, simple and savory, with a structure built to age. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: "The Upper Barn is our most transporting Chardonnay, and the 2016 vintage is no exception. Stargazer lily, ripe pear and lemon custard flood the nose, while the palate mirrors those qualities alongside a savory underpinning. The texture is both opulent and elegant, exhibiting the delicacy of fruit and a quartz-like transparency that only age, and a superb site situated at 1,800 feet can bring to a wine. This wine is extremely well-integrated with a lingering, mouthwatering and round finish that begs another sip. Stonestreet Estate Vineyards stand on the western ridge of the Mayacamas Mountains towering over the Alexander Valley below. High elevations, volcanically derived soils and cooling maritime breezes give us a unique location from which to pursue the quest of mountain winegrowing. Of the 5,100 acres that make up the Estate, only 900 are planted to grapes (235 individual vineyard blocks) while the remaining land retains its natural biodiversity and abounds with streambeds and ancient oaks, providing a habitat to cougars, owls, and black bears."

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