93 Insider Points
Refreshing Chard is Right Up My Alley
Chardonnay, as we know, has many different faces, whether its oaky and buttery, crisp and zingy or something in between. The Restoration Chard from Hailstone falls under the "crisp and zingy" category, which as it happens is my favorite style. So naturally, I bought all I could. Insider advice: just stick your corkscrew straight through the wax seal. Much easier than trying to cut it off for opening.
Pear and flowers on the nose with a slight creaminess. Good structure on the palate, showing tropical tones of green melon, starfruit, white guava and yellow apple. The finish is fruity and floral. A great choice for supple white lovers. Ready to drink through 2020. 93 Points - JZ Sept '18
89% Chardonnay | 11% Sauvignon Blanc
This is what you call a "perfect hot-ticket white". Crafted by Opus One and Stag’s Leap star winemaking alum (i.e. Tim Milos & Chris Zazo) from tiny lots of coveted Russian River Valley fruit, it's one of those wines that's outright lovely to drink.
Blended with a small fraction of Sauvignon Blanc (unusual for a varietal Chardonnay), the result is a wine with an elevated intensity and acidity. Far more zippy with a refreshingly bright finish than the average Chard, our Panel all agreed: this is a wine offers to turn on everyone from the quintessential Chard fan to the unoaked, crisp white wine drinker and all those in between.
· The 2013 vintage was near perfect in the Russian River Valley. The Wine Spectator notes: “A long and moderate growing season offered both good quality and quantity.”
· Before Chris Zazo became the successful name behind Aspenmark Roofing and Solar, he spent a childhood in the Midwest growing up on a farm. An early obsession with terroir helped to shape Zazo’s enduring interest in grape growing and winemaking.
· Winemaker Tim Milos is a sixth-generation Bay Area native. In 1997, Milos began working his way up the Napa Valley wine ladder starting at Opus One, moving on to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and eventually directing winemaking at Cliff Lede and the former S. Anderson.
· Just a touch of oak was used in the vinification and aging of this Russian River white, so that the purity of stone fruit and citrus can shine through.
From the winery:
Straight from the Russian River region of Sonoma, this crisp, fruit-forward, lightly oaked, complex Chardonnay offers hints of vanilla, butter and apricot with a silkymouth, clean finish.
Visually it possess light straw color, with stunning clarity. On the nose, this wine leans more towards the old world in style. It has a mid-pallet with just enough opulence, but driven with bright acidity and clean mouthfeel. When served at the proper room temperature, the new world wine lover will get the unctuous mouthfeel they desire, while the Burgundian fan will draw that Granny Smith green apple profile they are looking for.
From the winery:
Hailstone Vineyards is about the atmosphere wine creates: friendship, sophistication, and good conversation over wine and weather. Our focus is on producing small lots of premium wine from varying regions of the valley. By maintaining and farming small block vineyards, we are able control the variables in the vineyard and allow our wines to express the distinct characteristics of the region. Spotlighting the great mountain districts of the Napa Valley as our grape source, allows the final products to expose the true, bold, tannin-structured wines that Hailstone Vineyards creates.
Enjoy with lobster or any shellfish. Pairs especially well with spicy fare.