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The Legendary Wines of Napa: Tasting Notes
2004 Stony Hill Chardonnay

Last weekend I had the singular pleasure of co-leading a tasting with the title Legends of Napa Valley. I wrote about my impressions of the tasting overall, and the lessons that it offered, such as they were, about the aging of Napa wines across the last five decades, as part of my monthly column for Jancis Robinson.

Now that I'm done editorializing, we can get down to the wines themselves. Below I offer my tasting notes for every wine that we tasted, in the order we tasted them. We tasted in four flights, two each day. The start of every flight featured at least one white wine, which you will see interspersed below at about every twentieth wine.

What To Drink Now: Riesling
2011 Stony Hill White Riesling

20 years ago, in my youthful days of wine drinking, the thought of drinking a Riesling sounded about as good as the thought of eating halibut cheeks or octopus, interesting because of the off-dry method of making Riesling was quite popular at the time...

What To Drink Now: Big, Bold Red Wines
2009 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Finally, the temperatures have dropped...and hearty red wine is on the menu for dinner tonight paired with a juicy steak, braised lamb or even a ceder planked, smoked salmon.