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.
For many California Chardonnays these might be considered too old, but by Stony Hill standards, these vintages are just coming into their own. Each wine has a distinct personality created by the unique conditions of the year.
The 2011, 2012 and 2013 vintages represent full the spectrum of climate conditions experienced at Stony Hill, from one of coolest, wettest years on record in 2011 to a textbook Spring Mountain sunny, warm summer in 2013.
The 2014 Chardonnay is an exciting young wine. The combination of our dry farming methods and three years of drought created concentrated fruit at harvest leading to deep flavors in the wine.
As the 2009 Chardonnay opens up, the fresh fruit on your tongue is joined by the flinty, earthy quality that the vines drink up from our stony soils and impart to the grapes themselves.
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.
This may be our favorite vintage of Cabernet yet. There is a new depth of flavor in this vintage which we could predict even before the harvest because of the larger berries, leaves and trunks of the ten year old vines.
The complexity of this Riesling vintage really impressed us. It has one of the most aromatic noses in many years coupled with our signature balance of crisp acidity and a touch of sweetness.
Winemaker Mike Chelini describes the 2014 Gewurztraminer this way: It has a heavier body than usual, a touch of richness mid palate, and a notable minerality on the finish.
This year’s Semillon is a more delicate version of the 2013, lighter in color and texture with subtle dried floral notes and caramel on the nose and a dried apricot flavor on the palate.
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