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.
2016 is an expression of our unique terroir, showing the beauty of old vines dry-farmed in volcanic soil. It carries the signature bright, crisp, fresh qualities of our Chardonnay yet there is an enticing and enigmatic savory aspect that shines in the finish.
This vintage is especially delicate, and a real favorite of ours. It is light in color and body with a honeysuckle and stone fruit nose. On the palate there are hints of dried apricot, kiwi and candied peach, and on the finish there is a tiny hint of spice.
At eight years old, this vintage has retained its youthful vibrance while showing the maturity that you seek from an older Stony Hill Chardonnay. The richness and complexity that the 2010 has developed is a perfect lesson in way patience is a virtue. The palate is a balancing act between richness and acidity.
The palate notes 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; and the larger format is a beautiful way to extend the wine's already age-worthy life.
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
Our 2016 has one of the most powerful and aromatic noses we have seen in years; perfumed with lilies and white peach. For such a wonderfully intense nose the initial palate is surprisingly delicate and subtle.
Summer is the perfect time for a fantastic Stony Hill dinner party. Why not grab three bottles of 2013 Chardonnay and three bottles of 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon? Some friends love white wines; some friends love reds. Everyone is happy! Both wines will pair nicely with a variety of dishes.