2008 Stonestreet Chardonnay Gravel Bench
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • IWC 94
  • WE 93

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2010
As hard as it is to believe the 2008 Chardonnay Gravel Bench is even better. A prodigious effort it tastes like liquid rocks intermixed with tropical fruits shortbread subtle butterscotch caramelized oranges and candied... As hard as it is to believe the 2008 Chardonnay Gravel Bench is even better. A prodigious effort it tastes like liquid rocks intermixed with tropical fruits shortbread subtle butterscotch caramelized oranges and candied apples. This beautifully textured stunningly pure loaded long Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next 6-10 years. These are far and away the most impressive group of Stonestreet Alexander Mountain estate wines I have ever tasted. Kudos to proprietor Jess Jackson and winemakers Graham Weerts and Marcia Monahan for exploiting this high elevation terroir. This has been a work-in-progress for Jackson and he has finally hit paydirt with the following wines. Readers need to pay close attention as there are some amazing Chardonnays as well as red wines emerging from Stonestreet. There are seven distinctive cuvees of Chardonnay ranging in production from 185 cases of Red Point to 660 cases of Lower Rim. All of these super-impressive efforts come from elevations of 900 to 1800 feet. I tasted one Merlot and seven Cabernet Sauvignons and as readers can tell these are also impressive wines. Production ranges from approximately 250 cases of the single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons (the only exception being the 5000-case cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon Monument Ridge).
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2010
Pale yellow-straw. Highly complex Burgundian aromas of apple peach flowers minerals and musky spices. Tightly wound dry and vibrant with mineral and crushed stone flavors dominating the palate. Wonderfully delicate and... Pale yellow-straw. Highly complex Burgundian aromas of apple peach flowers minerals and musky spices. Tightly wound dry and vibrant with mineral and crushed stone flavors dominating the palate. Wonderfully delicate and delineated wine with a very long adamantly dry finish throwing off notes of mint spearmint oil and resins. I'd love to throw this into a tasting of top white Burgundies.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, October 2010
Quite oaky with vanilla and caramelized meringue notes dominating but underneath is a dry crisp Chardonnay of enormous size. It's minerally with a rich vein of pineapples and mangoes. Decant for a while and don't serve... Quite oaky with vanilla and caramelized meringue notes dominating but underneath is a dry crisp Chardonnay of enormous size. It's minerally with a rich vein of pineapples and mangoes. Decant for a while and don't serve too cold. S.H.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Sonoma
Sub-appellation Alexander Valley
Vintage 2008