On the rocky slopes of Spring Mountain, Stony Hill is a breath of fresh air in a land of red wine. It's a historic producer of elegant white wines, including crisp, minimally oaked, no-malolactic Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Riesling. Cabernet Sauvignon is a recent addition after 60 years of family ownership...
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Peabody’s Wayback Machine has got nothing on the steep, two mile drive from Napa Valley’s Bale Grist Mill State Park up to Stony Hill Vineyard. Brave that vertical, moss-covered tree-lined climb between St. Helena and Calistoga, and in many ways you’re transported at least forty years back in Napa time, and to what seems an entire world away from the Disney-fied scene of the opulent temples of vino-ness that pervade Route 29.
2010 Stony Hill Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($60, 13.5%): This second vintage of Cabernet from the McCreas, already making white wine in Napa for 60 years, is a great snapshot of Spring Mountain in subtle form: full of eucalyptus and medium-roast coffee, and vibrant redcurrant and plum fruit. The dried-leaf side of Cabernet is here, and plenty of structure to warrant a stay in the cellar.