"I believe this is going to be a great wine...it already is!" That's what winemaker Mike Chelini says about our 2010 Chardonnay vintage. As always, it is pale straw in color. Its aromas carry a distinctive minerality backed by green apple, Muscat and lemon zest. The mouth feel combines richness and acidity, and it's that balance of fruit and tartness that we always strive for. Apples, lemon and an earthy minerality dominate the palate, followed by the long,... more »
Our 2009 vintage is a perfect example of the winemaker’s art. Mike Chelini has been crafting Chardonnay at Stony Hill for thirty-nine years, always bringing out the essential characteristics of our hillside grown grapes. The aromas of green apples and citrus that greet you are unmistakable. As the wine opens up, the fresh fruit on your tongue is joined by the flinty, earthy quality that the vines drink up from our stony soils and impart to the grapes themselves. As time goes by these... more »
As always, our Chardonnay is pale straw in color, and once you put your nose to the glass and inhale the aroma of pure Chardonnay fruit, you won't be able to put it down! With the first sip you'll taste a complexity of flavors dominated by citrus and green apple with an underlying current of earth and stone, which we call minerality. Winemaker Mike Chelini says, "Wow, that's a mouthful! A couple more years and it will be a big, rich wine."
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"A lot more Frenchness," says Mike Chelini of our 2007 Chardonnay, calling to mind a complex blend of fruit flavors and a notable mineral component from the depths of the soil. These are old world qualities you would expect to find in Burgundian whites, and yet they also describe the classic Stony Hill style with hints of green apple, honeydew melon and peaches in the nose and at the first sip. A flinty note follows from our Spring Mountain terroir. This is a rich, multi-dimensional wine,... more »
Winemaker Mike Chelini says of the 2006 vintage, "Not that we haven't made serious wine before, but this is a really serious wine! And he ought to know having made the wines at Stony Hill for the past thirty-six years. He thinks the 2006 vintage stands out because of its more intense and mature qualities, which bring a new dimension to our non-oaky, non-malolactic Chardonnay. Mary Burklow says the bouquet reminds her of "wet stones after the first rain drops," focusing on the mineral... more »
"Smells like Stony Hill Chardonnay to me," said Peter McCrea as he evaluated the 2005 vintage, which has in abundance all of the qualities that have distinguished our Chardonnay for fifty-three years. For those of you new to Stony Hill, think minerality and intense fruit flavors of apple, pear and citrus. For longtime fans, Winemaker Mike Chelini's description of the wine will resonate. For him the 2005 has a lean, intense Burgundian quality with a strong presence in the mouth and an... more »