2014 Robert Stemmler Chardonnay Carneros
Robert Stemmler retired from full-time winemaking in 1989, and today, his close friends, the Racke family, operate the Robert Stemmler label. Anne Moller-Racke makes this Chardonnay sourced from Donum's Estate vineyard, as well as two neighboring vineyards in the cool Carneros region. The bulk of the blend is fermented in stainless steel, which preserves freshness and fruit, and gives the wine lift. The remainder of the blend is fermented in French oak barrels, mostly several years old, with just a few new barrels in the mix. This is a phenomenal Chardonnay value!