(From 2010 Vintage) Our Chardonnay crop didn’t equal the big 2012 vintage in size, but the quality of the grapes thrilled us. As always, the wine is pale straw in color and offers a big bouquet of green apples and a graceful hint of citrus. On the palate we detect the same fruit flavors of citrus and green apple with the added touch of earthiness, a chalky minerality from our stony soils, which we call a wet stone quality. We also like the mouthfeel, a combination of crisp acidity which gives it bounce and a slightly forward richness for balance. We think you’ll like this wine, and all the evidence points to a long life ahead.
(From 2009 Vintage) 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 flavors will meld and mellow into an elegant, integrated whole. The mouth feel is vibrant followed by a lingering fruit-filled aftertaste. Our 2009 Chardonnay will age naturally in the bottle over a period of ten or more years from a fresh, clean fruity wine to one of remarkable richness and depth.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesClean, quiet, minerally but essentially less than fully expressed at every turn, this medium-full-bodied effort hints at pears and the most moderate dollop of creamy oak before turning towards an acidy edge as it finishes. The Stony Hill style has never been one of bombast, but it does typically deliver greater depth and more convincing promise than seen here.