Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Bottled Alexander Valley 2008 Chardonnay, $15.29-$24.99, 88 points, has a light brass color, and an aroma of citrus, a hint of brown sugar, and honeydew. Stuhlmuller 2008 Chardonnay has a much lighter oak profile than you maybe accustom to in an oaked Californian Chardonnay, yet has a medium body with mild acidity, and a gentle lemon flavor. This wine seems to be past its prime, lacking distinctiveness. It is clean and smooth, and has a medium finish which mirrors its overall profile.
My challenge, if I decide to take it, is to find a current release of this wine, because if I'm right about the "past its prime", then this must have been quite a stunner a few years ago.
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