2010 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage:   Wine:
Mike Chelini's second vintage of Cabernet beautifully reflects Stony Hill's mountain Cabernet vineyard with its sun-drenched southwest exposure and deep red, loamy soils.

Mike Chelini's second vintage of Cabernet beautifully reflects Stony Hill's mountain Cabernet vineyard with its sun-drenched southwest exposure and deep red, loamy soils.  The resulting wine is rich in black cherry fruit and fragrant herbs, combined with that Stony Hill "from the earth" quality.  Nicely balanced between rich fruit flavors and bright acidity, the wine shows subtle tannins, a lively texture and long finish.  True to Mike's fruit-first and light-touch style of winemaking, the Cab has 13.5% alcohol and promises a long life to come.

2010 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Tech Details

Farming: Dry Farmed Age of Vines: 7 years
Appellation: Napa Valley Varietal: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot
Grapes: 100% grown, produced and bottled at Stony Hill Vineyard Harvest Date: 10/13
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 22, 2012 Total Acidity: .61%
Residual Sugar: .2% Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.67 Aging Potential: 5+ years
Production: 385 Release Date: September 2013
Price at Winery: $60.00  

Press

Top 100 Wine of 2013
2010 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

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.


Memorable 2009 Napa Cabernets
2009 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

"An unexpected surprise from the McCrea family's long-established winery..."


Stony Hill Vineyard Goes Red
2009 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

"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."


Winery Celebrates 60 Years with its First Red
2009 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

"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."


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.


Well Crafted Cabs
2009 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

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.