The approach to Chardonnay making is described by the folks at Stillman Street in the belief “in making Chardonnay that is fresh and full of vibrant, vineyard-inspired fruit—unpretentious, bistro-style wine that brings pleasure and offers great value. Capturing the bright orchard fruit flavors that make Chardonnays from the Sonoma County so enticing. Our Stillman Street Chardonnay is a perfect complement to modern cuisine, and a perfect get together wine.
The Stillman Street Chardonnay is crafted from highly acclaimed vineyards in Sonoma such as the Stuhlmuller Vineyard that is planted on well drained sandy loam soils with the Gauer Clone that is known for it’s pear and spicy notes, the DeLorimier vineyard also in Alexander Valley, the Harvest Moon Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast, and the Gehring Vineyard high on a mountain.
The 2016 growing Season had substantial rains in the winter and about 4 inches in the Spring that was welcomed with the recent years of drought conditions and created good moisture profile in the vineyards which helped to create exceptional quality Chardonnay. Bud break was early so harvest started early. There was still sufficient hang time in Sonoma to create a substantial flavor development with slightly above average yields. The 2016 vintage was crafted by Leo Hansen and Dennis Patton; two highly acclaimed winemakers who chose to age the wine in both stainless steel and older oak barrels for more complexity and bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, for added texture.
The wine is filled with orchard fruit aromas of pear and apple which are complimented by citrus, honeysuckle, and a hint of oak. On the palate the pear and apple flavors continue alongside layers of grapefruit, vanilla, and a hint of minerality.