The 2014 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is our 6th vintage of Cabernet and we all feel it may be our most beautiful one yet. The vines have finally matured to 10 years of age and are beginning to develop an earthiness that we love. We use almost no irrigation and pick before the fruit is excessively ripe. This produces a nuanced, food-friendly wine with integrated tannins, strong fruit, and a crisp acidic finish that follows in the Stony Hill tradition.
The nose on the 2014 has the vibrancy of bright red fruits, currants and raspberries, supported by the strength of concentrated leather and minerality. The palate starts with delicate and crisp notes followed by a more robust finish with nuanced black fruits and longevity inducing tannins. There is a savory, dark raspberry component to the finish that is completely enticing.
Antonio Galloni said this about the vintage in Napa: “A precocious spring, drought conditions throughout the year, and an early harvest are three of the signatures of 2014 in Napa Valley…The best 2014s are aromatically expressive, rich and energetic, with striking balance and plenty of potential.” We feel this description certainly captures our experience.