Stuhlmuller Vineyards, Chardonnay
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Stuhlmuller Vineyards, Chardonnay - 2020

Item # 22188 750mL
$28.96/ Single Bottle
$347.52 $312.77/ Case of 12
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Alexander Valley
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Starting in 1998, Fritz Stuhlmuller gives us his Estate bottled, classic California-style Chardonnay. Baked apples and stone fruits partner with touches of oak and vanilla. Pair with chicken in a butter cream sauce.

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Staff Pick Notes

From this highly regarded location comes one of the best efforts from Alexander Valley, Sonoma.The soil composition is gravelly, clay-like, and volcanic formed over thousands of years of alluvial fan movement and flooding. This allows for drainage that is key for high quality grape growing and characteristics such as "wet stone" minerality. Realizing the remarkable potential of the land, the Stuhlmuller Family puchased 150 acres in 1982.The clones for this Chardonnay have been selected for their ability to produce small clusters as well as grapes with complex character. Combined with 76% malolactic fermentation, aging the wine sur-lie, and minimal oak integration, give this wine a vibrant, rich feel on the palate. Aromatics of stone fruit, pear, apple and hints of tropical fruit play well together.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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Alexander Valley

Cyrus Alexander, for whom the Alexander Valley is named, planted the region's first vineyard in 1846. Situated at the top of Sonoma County, with about 15,000 acres of highly-prized vineyards, today’s Alexander Valley encompasses a variety of microclimates, supporting a wide-range of grape varieties. While Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme on the gravelly terrain of the valley floor, the region...

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