Straw color with green reflections, lovely aromas of green orchard fruit, jasmine, honeysuckle and hints of nutmeg and cloves. The palate is medium body with creamy texture and lively acidity. Flavors of green pineapple, apple with hints of mild ginger and oak spice merges in a smooth finish.
Stuhlmuller Vineyard Estate was established over 30 years ago and is nestled in a unique river bench and hillside location on the southwestern edge of the Alexander Valley, where three of Northern Sonoma County's top appellations come together. There, virtually a stone's throw from Chalk Hill and the Russian River Valley, the vineyard's ancient soils and perfect microclimate provide the ideal environment for growing exceptional Chardonnay.
This custom blend is comprised of four single vineyard components (40% Syrah, 35% Petit Syrah, 15% Sangiovese, 10% Malbec), each varietal representing a distinct climate in Sonoma Wine Country. Each lot was fermented and aged separately in sixty gallon French oak barrels for 20 months. Minimal intervention and modest handling of the wine allow for a very true representation of our native Sonoma soils. The result is a wine with great depth and character, full-bodied and rich in the mid palate with a lusciously soft, round finish.
Founded in 2003, Highway 12 was inspired by the vision and pioneering spirit of so many who went before them. Co-founders Michael Sebastiani and Paul Giusto have spent over two decades making wines from vineyards along Sonoma's historic Highway 12. Their commitment to timeless values and tradition are the foundation for their winemaking program and their quality is confirmed by the many medals and critical recognition their wines receive.