Wine & Spirits 93 points - (from vines planted at 1,800 feet): Bright, light yellow. Sexy, slightly high-toned aromas of pineapple, mirabelle, orange zest and spices, plus a hint of caramel oak. Rich, bright and dry, with flavors similar to the aromas. Conveys an impression of density without weight. Not hugely complex but concentrated and seamless. The long finish features notes of sweet pineapple and licorice.
The 2012 Estate Chardonnay delivers a distinct mineral backbone alongside a strong citrus element. Tangerine and marmalade emerge first from the glass, opening to a palate that cascades through peach and ocean sprayâ€”all culminating in a finish with surprising grip and acidity.
|High above California’s Alexander Valley stand the towering Mayacamas Mountains, home to Stonestreet’s rugged Alexander Mountain Estate. This epic, untamed landscape is both challenging and rewarding when it comes to growing grapes. Here, we are truly a guest of nature, subject to both its bounty and its whims, which serve as a constant reminder that we are merely custodians to this remarkable place.
Alexander Mountain Estate stands as the largest and one of the most extensive mountain vineyards in the world. Towering high above the Alexander Valley, Alexander Mountain Estate defies all previous conceptions of winegrowing—235 separate vineyard blocks are aligned in every imaginable spot on the compass, with peaks, valleys and ridges creating a broad spectrum of varied facings and elevations. Yet only a fifth of the 5,100-acre estate is planted to wine grapes.