Stonestreet Chardonnay Bear Point 2012 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
95 RP / 93 VM
From the lowest elevation (1,000 feet) vineyard, the 2012 Chardonnay Bear Point reveals lots of orange and apricot marmalade, pineapple and honeysuckle notes along with wonderful acidity and a fresh, lively style. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years.
Stonestreet’s wines continue to go from strength to strength under the direction of South African winemaker Graham Weerts. The Chardonnays are spectacular, and the estate has added cuvees of Sauvignon and Semillon as well as a Riesling that are also noteworthy. The red wines are meant for those with cold storage facilities since they tend to be huge, tannic behemoths that need time in the bottle, even in a precocious, difficult vintage such as 2011. All five Chardonnays are brilliant, 100% Chardonnays fermented with indigenous yeasts in the barrel and aged ten months in anywhere from 45% to 100% new French oak. The results are stunning. The wines are all more similar than dissimilar, but I will try to articulate their minor differences. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Apricots, chamomile, light floral honey and sweet spices meld together in the 2012 Chardonnay Bear Point. Silky and layered in the glass, the Bear Point is all about finesse and understatement. The 2012 should drink well for at least a handful of years. -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media