Stone Lion Chardonnay 2019
We always leave a block of Chardonnay to hang on the vine a little longer to develop a richer and riper profile, as a result this is always the last of the Chardonnay grapes to be harvested. The Chardonnay develops a riper profile lending to the wines luscious mouthfeel and tropical aromas. The wine was 100% barrel fermented in French oak barrels and underwent complete malolactic fermentation. The Stone Lion Chardonnay spends the most time in barrel, 15 months, compared to the rest of our Chardonnay program.
Notes and Pairing Suggestion from Bob Bath, MS:
It’s easy to go “over the top” when making Chardonnay, particularly when it comes to oak, malolactic fermentation and lees contact. The secret is knowing just how much enough is “enough” and having high quality grapes that don’t get overwhelmed by these processes. This wine has a lovely balance of golden apple and pear flavors offset by a lovely, toasty nougat character. The cooler 2019 vintage features wines with great balance, but not at the expense of flavor. This Zucchini and Herb Stuffed Chicken recipe is a perfect marriage of food and wine. View Recipe