2013 STONE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
600 CASES PRODUCED
24 MONTHS IN 30% NEW FRENCH OAK
The Stone Vineyard is so named for two reasons: my mom’s maiden name is Stone, and the ground in which the vineyard grows is almost all rock. My mom and dad planted it in 1972, right at the southwestern edge of Alexander Valley – a relatively cool site for Cabernet. In a warm year like 2013, the wines from this vineyard shine. The tannic backbone and herbaceous, briary character that are the signature of this vineyard are there in 2013, accompanied by a ripeness and richness rarely achieved in past vintages. Plan, as usual, to hold this wine for a while. While the 2013 is more accessible than most vintages from this field, there is a roughness in the rocky soil that translates in the wine. It has a salty, mineral character, even in its ripest vintages, that makes the lushness of the wine more compelling and also makes it last.