"An unexpected surprise from the McCrea family's long-established winery..."
2009 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2009 vintage revisits the lovely Cabernets made in Napa in the 1960s and 1970s, restrained in style, immanently drinkable now but with a long future before it. This is an aromatic wine with black cherry fruit, an endearing hint of green olive and evanescent whiffs of bittersweet cocoa powder on the nose. In the mouth we detect a delicate yet powerful fruit presence along with a light smokiness and notable minerality from Stony Hill's rocky soils. The tannins have rounded out and are now lush and soft and the finish lingers on and on.
Please note that due to the small production there is a limit of three bottles of Cabernet per customer.
|Farming:||Dry Farmed||Age of Vines:||5 years|
|Appellation:||Napa Valley||Varietal:||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Grapes:||100% grown, produced, and bottled at Stony Hill Vineard||Harvest Date:||9/19|
|Fermentation Time:||10 - 14 days||Fermentation Temp:||70 degrees|
|Aging Time:||18 months in oak barrels, 18 months in bottle||Filtering:||Sterile filtered|
|Bottling Date:||March 15, 2011||Total Acidity:||.52|
|pH:||3.67||Aging Potential:||5 - 15 years|
|Production:||250 cases||Release Date:||Sepetember 2012|
|Price at Winery:||$60.00/bottle|
"The 2009 Stony Hill Cabernet Savignon is structured and spicy, with dense, lively black cherry, spice, a hint of olive and firm tannins. It's extremely well balanced, with a long finish."
"With 40 acres of prime vineyards in Napa Valley's Spring Mountain District, owner Peter McCrea's decision to put down some Cabernet Sauvignon vines in 2004 might have seemed overdue."
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.
More Cabs are showing restraint: a little less alcohol, a little more acidity.
In recent tastings here, my favorite Cabs–balanced and elegant, with moderate to low alcohol levels–all came from old-guard winemakers who never lost their way in the first place. Their wines aren't even close to inexpensive, but compared with the stratoshperically priced cults, they represent good value.
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.