The 2012 Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon conveys vivid aromas and flavors of black cherry, satsuma plum and blood orange with bay leaf, fresh tobacco and cocoa nib adding further dimension. The palate offers a generous, beautifully extracted texture, all of which is kept in balance by the freshness of the fruit that one finds on the mountain, and an indelible stony signature—wrapped in ripe, chalky tannins that satisfy immediately and yet will easily reward a decade of cellar time.
Ranging in elevation from 400ft to 2400ft, Stonestreet Estate Vineyards stands as the one largest and most extensive mountain vineyards in the world. Towering high above the Alexander Valley in the Mayacamas Mountain Range, Stonestreet Estate defies all previous conceptions of winegrowing. Single vineyard blocks are aligned in every imaginable spot on the compass, with peaks, valleys and ridges creating a broad spectrum of varied facings and elevations.
Winegrowers throughout history have looked to high elevation sites with impoverished, rocky soils to produce richly concentrated wines of character. Mountain vineyards are notoriously difficult to farm, and Stonestreet Estate is no exception. The Estate’s myriad of vine spacing, and broad array of elevation and mesoclimate require a vine-by-vine approach to winegrowing.
As harvest approaches, our winemaking team works closely with Mother Nature to determine quality levels for each block, walking the vineyards and tasting berries for flavor and tannin maturation. The selection process is a stringent one, but the rewards are unmistakable: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc etched with the bold and distinctive flavor profile of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.