2019 Stony Hill, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, USA

2019 Stony Hill, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, USA

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2019 Stony Hill, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Description

The 2019 Chardonnay is rich, creamy and super-expressive. Dried pear, spice, chamomile and spice all meld together in this gorgeous, distinctive offering. This is an especially earthy, savory Chardonnay, and a particularly dense style for here.

Drink now to 2029

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (December 2023)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous92/100

The 2019 Chardonnay is rich, creamy and super-expressive. Dried pear, spice, chamomile and spice all meld together in this gorgeous, distinctive offering. This is an especially earthy, savory Chardonnay, and a particularly dense style for here.

Drink now to 2029

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (December 2023)

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About this WINE

Stony Hill Vineyard

Stony Hill Vineyard

Nestled in Napa Valley's Spring Mountain District, Stony Hill Vineyard is a family-owned winery with a rich legacy. In 1943, Fred and Eleanor McCrea stumbled upon a former goat ranch tucked into the slopes of Spring Mountain. Inspired by the white wines of Burgundy, they envisioned creating world-class Chardonnay on this unique Napa Valley property. Their dedication to traditional winemaking techniques, organic farming practices, and the exceptional mountainside terroir laid the foundation for Stony Hill's enduring legacy.

With their unique soils and high elevation, the hillside vineyards produce grapes of incredible intensity and minerality. Chardonnay is the flagship grape at Stony Hill, a wine of vibrancy, crisp acidity, and remarkable ageing potential. Limited quantities of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Sauvignon are also produced.

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Napa Valley

Napa Valley

North Coast's Napa Valley is California's most famous viticultural area (AVA), claiming some of the most expensive agricultural land in the world and producing wines of ‘cult’ status.

Its 16,000 ha of vines lie over a strip (40 miles long-5 miles wide) of diverse soils (clay, gravely, volcanic), with its northernmost end on the side of Mountain Helena and its foot in San Francisco Bay. The valley is framed by two mountains ranges Vaca (to the north) and Mayacamas (to the south), yet the main climatic influence is the cool wind and fog that is sucked in from San Pablo Bay during the afternoon, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. 

The area enjoys a variety of unique microclimates, as temperatures can vary dramatically as much as 15 degrees, from the north to the south end of the valley. These differences have led to the creation of several sub-AVAs (14 in total) including:

Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley District, Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Los Carneros, Mt. Veeder, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, Spring Mountain District, Stags Leap District, Yountville, Wild Horse Valley and Oak Knoll District. The Calistoga AVA is still pending approval.

Both the “Napa Valley” designation and the sub-AVA name must appear on the wine label simultaneously, with the exception of wines from the Carneros AVA, which is shared between the Napa Valley and the Sonoma County.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the undisputed king of Napa grapes, occupying over 45% of the vineyard acreage, followed by (predominantly) Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cab. Franc and to a lesser extent Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto.

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Frog's Leap, Dominus, David Ramey, Viader, Stag's Leap Cellars, Paras Vineyards, Heitz.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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