White

1994 Stony Hill Chardonnay

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2009 - 2013 (Edit)
CT90.3 16 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • brooklynguy Likes this wine:

    August 4, 2019 - Great showing! The nose is fresh and airy with notes of orange oil, toffee, herbs, and stone. It's really a lovely nose that shows maturity and definition, and it's entirely alluring and suave. The palate is fresh and vibrant too and the acidity remains focused, although the fruit has softened and there are toffee notes. This is a truly good wine, as fine an example of 25 year old American chardonnay as I've ever had.

  • Vinophiliac559 wrote: 90 points

    May 4, 2017 - Was not expecting this to show as well as it did. Was on its last leg and showed a touch of oxidation, but drank great, nice acidity, a touch of roasted nuts with lemon and apple. Tasted from magnum.

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  • jeffreylubowski Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 24, 2014 - Had at 1994 shootout at jdunlap's house. The only white of the night, served blind. Bottle was very well stored. Poured into decanter. Appeared very oxidized, medium-dark gold sherry coloring. Nose was fresh with just a little fruit left. High acidity. Very little wood, if any. I guessed old chablis. This 20 year old was way better than the other two Stony Hill chard youngsters I have had over the past couple of years. These wines age amazingly well. Very impressed.

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  • John Dunlap Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 23, 2014 - 1994 Smack-down consisting of one Chardonnay from Stony Hill and a total of five Pinot Noirs from: Brick House, William Selyem (Sonoma Coast), Broadley Vineyards Reserve, Ken Weight Cellars (Shea Vineyards), and Mt. Eden Vineyards. All wines were purchased upon release and stored in a cool cellar until consumed. All the wines were decanted. The red wine bottles contained sediment after years of resting undisturbed.

    Ullage was excellent at round ¾”. Cork was in good shape and came out in one piece. Wine decanted to reveal a golden color – like a Sauternes with about 10 year’s of age. Yes, the nose did have a sherry-like component, but it was not a negative, instead it seemed to add to the overall complexity of the wine. Likewise, the sherry element was noticeable on the palate along with dried apple and acids providing a good counter-balance. My friend jeffreylubowski said this wine tasted like an aged Chablis. A wonderful, old CA Chardonnay unobstructed by oak (they use only old neutral oak barrels) nor complicated by the flavors of secondary fermentation (they want to maintain the crisp acids so do not want the wines to go through malolactic). Wonderful. Score 91, maybe a point higher given its longevity. Bravo!

    Wine matched well with goat cheeses. Would work well with a simple baked chicken or pheasant.

  • DrakkarNoir wrote:

    June 26, 2014 - California Mavericks @ Five Sails: 13.0% abv. Yellow-gold. Ripe pear on the nose. Acidity is still noticeable, but more subtle. A bit short on the finish. Overall a more elegant wine and drinking reasonably well, but not one to seek out.

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2010, Issue #29, Stony Hill Vineyards- California’s Greatest and Longest-Lived Chardonnays and So Much More

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1994
  • Type White
  • Producer Stony Hill
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 107 (61%)
  • Consumed 67 (39%)

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