With a lush, silky texture and dazzling layers of dried apricot, beeswax, pear skin and fresh-cracked nuts, this beautiful dessert wine makes a perfect aperitif. Try it on ice with a lemon wedge, or pair it with your favorite dried cheeses and nuts.
Stuhlmuller Vineyards is located at the southern edge of the Alexander Valley, where it converges with two other highly regarded Sonoma County appellations, Chalk Hill and the Russian River Valley. On its eastern edge, the 150-acre vineyard borders the Russian River. Situated in a location that is part river benchlands and part hillside, the vineyard benefits from its alluvial gravel soils, as well as the rockier soils of the hillside sections.
Our New World take on the great white dessert wines of Europe, this beautiful fortified Chardonnay was made exclusively using grapes from the exceptional 2012 growing season. In the winery, we combined 2/3 fresh-pressed clone 809 Chardonnay juice with 1/3 high proof brandy to arrest the fermentation—a technique designed to preserve this wine’s freshness. It was aged in 600-liter acacia puncheon for three years to enhance the tropical and high tone aromatic notes, before being transferred to neutral Chardonnay barrels for additional aging.