Wine Last Sold on: January 23, 2013
Stayley Vineyards & Winery
2011 Alexander Valley Chardonnay
|Region:||California: Alexander Valley|
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Mission Codename: Twenty-Something
- Agent Blanc
- Send Agent Blanc to the Alexander Valley in search of an approachable, easy-drinking, budget-minded Chardonnay - for our exacting Operatives.
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- Philip Staley
Delightfully approachable, refreshingly delicious and easy on the pocketbook, today’s 2011 Philip Staley Chardonnay is a recommended buy. With more than 25 years of winemaking experience, grower/winemaker Philip Staley is a master of Chardonnay.
This fresh and fruit-driven Chardonnay is a wine that is easy to drink all on its own, and we think that it would shine with food. Light, bright and refreshing, this is an excellent example of California Chardonnay.
This is a flexible food companion that drinks equally well on its own. When you do enjoy this wine with food, we recommend you pair this Chard with a seafood dish such as seafood risotto or seafood salad.
Light golden hues with a very light green highlight at the edge. Tall, skinny tears meander slowly down the glass in wave after wave.
Clean and fresh with gardenia, lemon blossom, citrus blossom, vanilla, and subtle oak. Secondary layers of stoney minerality, fresh mint leaf, and parsley leaf.
Bright and juicy with pear, lemon, apricot, underripe pineapple and an intriguing yeasty minerality. Wet limestone, subtle oak and a hint of white pepper.
Bright and lingering with lemon peel, vanilla, dried apricot, wet river rock and subtle oak.
What the Winery Says
Vineyard: Grapes from a cool Alexander Valley mountain vineyard
Aging: 7 months in seasoned French and American oak barrels
Cases Produced: 74
Cellar Lifespan: 2 - 3 years
This stylish Chardonnay has a rich but lean profile. French Barrel fermentation
A brilliant pale golden color.The nose is rich in both ripe tropical fruit and stone fruit and a toasty oak note. The flavors are direct reflections of the nose, ripe Pineapple and tropical fruits. Rich yet elegant with a long fresh crisp finish.
Enjoy with herbed fish and poultry, perhaps accented with citrus.
About the Winery
Stayley Vineyards & Winery formally began operations with the first harvest from their estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley in 1993. Ten years earlier, Philip and his wife Pamela began searching for a Northern Sonoma County vineyard with climate, soil and exposure conditions similar to those of the Mediterranean regions of France, Spain, and Italy. In 1988, after five years of looking at scores of properties, they found a piece of virgin land in the hills above the river, and purchased it that same morning. The site had rolling terrain, gravely loam soil, and full sun exposure. These conditions, along with the direct climatic influence of a coastal river, made it ideal for the Rhone varietals they wanted to work with.
The Staleys were not newcomers to the wine business. Philip was a founding partner in Alderbrook Winery in the Dry Creek Valley and had served as its winemaker for thirteen years. With the impending first harvest of their new vineyard, the Staleys decided it was time to focus their efforts on the new Philip Staley Vineyards and Winery. No longer interested in being part of a constantly growing winery, they joined a unique class of California winery, the small grower-producer. In doing so, they committed to the development of carefully planned and limited production vineyards, and to using these exceptional grapes for the production of small lots of hand crafted wines.
Staley Vineyards produced small lots of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Grenache from that 1993 harvest. As new blocks of the vineyard came into production, one new clone of Syrah and Viognier were added to the line of wines. Philip has developed a close working relationship with four exceptional growers: Judy and George of Somers Vineyards, Kent Richie of Poplar Vineyards, Hallie and Paul of Beacham/Downey Vineyards, and Rich Rued of Rued Vineyards. Now in 2011, several new grower/vineyard relationships have developed to include grapes from Sonoma Coast and Eldorado Hills.