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.
This vertical contains three of the most heralded vintages Napa has seen recently. Tasting multiple vintages is a great way to see, smell, and taste the subtle effects that seasonal growing conditions, and a little bottle age, can have on a wine.
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.
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 why patience is a virtue.
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.
The 2015 growing season was short and warm, leading to low yields of beautifully concentrated fruit. The wine that resulted from this unusual year is vibrant, intense and simultaneously youthful and drinkable.
The 2013 is a delicate expression of Napa Cabernet with a structure that we think will give it a long and rich life. The nose is lively and expressive and the palate has mouthwatering hints of graphite and leather.
A wine full of contrasts and complementary flavors, and we can't get enough of it. Open this bottle and you will be drawn in by a blend of chamomile, wet stone, delicate floral notes and a wonderful savory character.
There is one word we've all been using to describe this vintage: spectacular! The nose might be the richest we have experienced in memory, with a complex mix of orange blossom, citrus, incense and sandalwood.
In 2014 the vines were 10 years old and had 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 2014 Chardonnay is an exciting 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.