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Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

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"The color, nose and flavors of this wine benefit from Black Cougar's 1,300-foot elevation. Struggling to grown on steep terrain, the grapes developed a deep crimson color and earthy nose. The mountain fruit exudes notes of cedar and pine on the nose which are then enhanced by blackberry and other dark fruit flavors on the palate. Complex tannins are unmistakable, and lend to a long finish." - Graham Weerts, Winemaker Appellation Alexander Valley Varietals 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Oak 12-14 months in 100% new French oak barrels Alcohol 14.2% Production 166 Cases

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Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate:
One place to start the Stonestreet story would be 1989, when we first began making wine here in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. But the true starting point came much earlier, long before any human endeavor was involved. The beginning of Stonestreet can be traced back three million years when a volcano exploded and deposited a richness of rock and ash and minerals over what is now Napa and Son... Read more
One place to start the Stonestreet story would be 1989, when we first began making wine here in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. But the true starting point came much earlier, long before any human endeavor was involved. The beginning of Stonestreet can be traced back three million years when a volcano exploded and deposited a richness of rock and ash and minerals over what is now Napa and Sonoma counties. Over time, lava flow from that volcano created a mountain range between the two regions, and innumerable earthquakes since have added to the ruggedness of those mountains. Today that mountain range is called the Mayacamas. The vineyards of our Alexander Mountain Estate are planted along the Mayacamas at elevations from 400 to 2,400 feet above sea level. These elevations help to explain why we are able to grow wine grapes which such intensity and concentration. Soil and Struggle The past is always close at hand when you're in our vineyards. If you were to stand, say, at our Upper Barn Vineyard (elevation: 1800 feet), from which we produce a Chardonnay by that same name, you would have a clear view of mountains whose contours tell the story of ancient volcanoes. If you were to stand in the same vineyard and look down, you'd see rock of all sizes-from pea-sized gravel to boulders as big as buses-that hailed down on the region when mountaintops exploded eons ago. Our rocky, mineral-laden soils cause our grapevines to struggle for survival. The result is smaller berries and smaller yields per acre, but fruit that is more intense and which reflects the minerality of the soil from which it grows. The Presence of the Pacific These lean, rock-strewn soils, along with mountain elevations, comprise two-thirds of the Stonestreet story. Our story is not complete without the final third: climate. The perennially cool Pacific Ocean lies 22 miles to the west of our vineyards and we always feel that maritime presence. While it's true that grapes need heat to mature, it's also true that grapes shut down when the heat becomes too intense. We find that the ocean exerts precisely the right influence on the temperature of our vineyards. The right elevations. The right soils. The right distance from the ocean. Call it coincidence, serendipity or just plain dumb luck that all three of these elements combined the way they did to make it possible to grow world-class wine grapes here. Some Facts about Stonestreet Total acreage: 5,100 (3 miles wide, 5 miles long) Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Chardonnay Elevation of vineyards: 400 to 2,400 feet Highest point on the estate: 2,800 feet Distance from Pacific Ocean: 22 miles Soil types: varied-volcanic, clay-loan, rock/gravel Five distinct ridges on the estate--named sites include Deer Knoll, Black Mountain, Bear Canyon, Black Cougar Ridge. Read less

Member Reviews for Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.00 5
12/09/2009

This was my last bottle of 99 Black Cougar Cab and it is still there. Decanted it for 2 hours before meal and it opened up and softened. Still a lot of leather and spice in the nose. The tannin was softened by decanting but it was still loaded with flavor. Lots of spice and black fruit and a nice long finish.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
02/07/2008

This cab is a lot bigger than I expected. It was still full of tannin and a lot of spice (probably due to 100% new french oak). I guess I could have held on to this another 5 years. Paired very well with the Prime Rib I had (yeah, I know, real stretch). Only probelm, it had a lot more sediment than I expected. That is probably more to do with my storage than the actual wine. I do have one more bottle so I'll update after I have it.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.00 5
11/28/2007

Four glasses


External Reviews for Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon Christopher's vineyard designated 1999 and all other premium wine from Stonestreet Winery available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.



"The color, nose and flavors of this wine benefit from Black Cougar's 1,300-foot elevation. Struggling to grown on steep terrain, the grapes developed a deep crimson color and earthy nose. The mountain fruit exudes notes of cedar and pine on the nose which are then enhanced by blackberry and other dark fruit flavors on the palate. Complex tannins are unmistakable, and lend to a long finish." - Graham Weerts, Winemaker Appellation Alexander Valley Varietals 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Oak 12-14 months in 100% new French oak barrels Alcohol 14.2% Production 166 Cases

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