Stony Hill Chardonnay 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District|
"The last vintage produced by longtime winemaker Michael Chelini, the 2018 Chardonnay offers up bits of struck flint, a faint smokiness and hints of burnt custard, plus lemon and lime. It's medium to full-bodied, round and mouth-filling but also zesty, taut and long with gentle phenolics on the finish. With only about 10% new oak used in this wine's élevage, it's a bit of an anachronism within Napa Valley." Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 93 points Drink 2023-35
This producer is well respected for its long reputation of making ageworthy whites and this vintage is no exception, a bright, complex and nutty expression of pear and ginger cookie. Textured and restrained, it shows a wealth of structure and lemony acidity. Cellar it away until 2024 if you can.