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Wine Tasting – Stony Hill Winery
October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$15
Thursday, October 17th from 6 to 8 pm. Join us for a Wine Tasting with special guest, Jennifer Horsley from Stony Hill Winery – A true classic winery of Napa Valley.
Our tasting formats are simple. You can either walk-up and taste through the wines with the Winery Guest, or you may also make a dinner reservation to enjoy the tasting table-side.
Featured Stony Hill Wines:
- 2017 Riesling – Spring Mountain District
- 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.
- 2010 Chardonnay – Spring Mountain District
- As always, it is pale straw in color. Its aromas carry a distinc- tive minerality backed by green apple, Muscat and lemon zest. The mouth feel combines richness and acidity, and it’s that balance of fruit and tartness that we always strive for. Apples, lemon and an earthy minerality dominate the palate, followed by the long, delicate finish with that luscious Chardonnay fruit lingering on.
- 2013 Chardonnay – Spring Mountain District
- Here is how Virginie Boone, of the Wine Enthusiast Magazine, recently described the 2013: “Light, lithe and elusive, this wine begs for time in the glass to develop, and it changes as it goes, maintaining a persistence of exotic Asian spice and citrus, stony minerality and a dash of lemon peel. Green apple also shines through, the texture of the wine crisp yet complex. Drink now through 2023.” We think Virginie captured the spirit of this wine perfectly.
- 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – Spring Mountain District
- The 2013 is a delicate expression of Napa Cabernet with a structure that we think will give it a long life. The nose is expressive and the palate has mouthwatering hints of graphite and leather.
The first Stony Hill harvest came in 1952, and the wine was snatched up quickly by family and friends. By 1954, every bottle was sold via mailing list, with a waiting list growing by the day. Eleanor ran the business end of things and Fred made the wine, developing Stony Hill’s signature restrained style and minimalist approach. Upon Fred’s death in 1977, his assistant and protégé, Mike Chelini, picked up the winemaking mantle and has carried on Stony Hill’s winemaking tradition for now over 40 years.
Stony Hill sits high on the side of Spring Mountain, between the towns of St. Helena and Calistoga. Our approximately 30 acres of vineyard lie on a steep slope between Richie Creek to the north and Mill Creek to the south. Moderating climatic influences such as northeast exposure and an elevation between 800 and 1550 feet make this mild microclimate an ideal location for growing our grapes.
The bright, mineral backbone of our wines is a credit to the volcanic mountain soils and, far beneath the surface, limestone rock. Our dedication to dry farming over the last 65+ years has forced the vines to stretch roots ever deeper year after year, delivering the Stony Hill’s distinctive sense of place straight to the grapes at the surface.
Rather than harvesting just by flavor, Mike Chelini closely monitors the grapes’ development and will pick when the moment the pH begins to increase and natural acidity drops. The result is grapes with enough acid to last for decades, along with the complex flavor profiles that unfold only after several years of bottle age.
Stony Hill’s vineyards are Napa Green Certified, and have been dry-farmed since their inception. Even throughout periods of drought, our natural springs and abundant groundwater have proven sufficient for wine growing.
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