If we had to pick one word to characterize our Stony Hill wines it would be balance. We aim to achieve a balance between the intensely flavored fruit from our hillside vineyards and the notable acidity that gives the wine structure and aging potential.
Our goal is simply to translate the intense fruitiness of our grapes into elegant, food friendly wines. Over the years we have remained true to this original style, which we think is the most appropriate for our particular hillside grown grapes.
On the palate we detect fruit flavors of citrus and green apple with the added touch of earthiness, a chalky minerality from our stony soils, which we call a wet stone quality. The mouthfeel is all crisp acidity which gives it bounce and a slightly forward richness for balance.
The 2008 is softening and starting to show maturity. The nose has become more complex and notes of concentrated bright apple are very present on the palate. This wine is beginning to reach the potential we hope for in our Chardonnay and still has a long life ahead of it.
The 2013 is an elegant, delicate expression of Napa Cabernet with an underlying structure that we think will give it a long and rich life. The nose is lively and expressive and the palate is mouthwatering in its intensity with hints of graphite and leather
In 2014 the vines had matured to 10 years old and started to show an earthiness that we love. We use almost no irrigation and pick before the fruit is overly ripe. The dark raspberry component on the finish is so enticing.
The 2016 White Riesling is emblematic of what one expects from a young, vibrant Riesling: fresh, bright, intensely aromatic, with a touch of richness from its hint of residual sugar. We couldn’t be happier with the results
Each year we are pleased to offer a small amount of our lovely dessert wine. Taking our cue from the Italian approach, we pick fruit when it is ripe, but still not too high in sugar resulting in an opulent yet light dessert wine.
After three years with Chardonnay magnum quantities too low for an official release, we are pleased to finally offer magnums again. We are very excited to announce the release of the 2013 vintage.