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Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Member Review by George Parkinson:

This was an old soldier I opened on my 50th Birthday this week. It was a 1992, and reminded me of times gone by since the day I first tasted the wine. 1992 upon release was considered "vintage of the decade" before the 94's or 97's or 99's were released. The wine had density, tannin, acid and dark fruits in balance. Tight and unapproachable when first barrel tasted; this 18 year old held together. The fruits were somewhat more muted and the earth tones were predominant. There was sediment as expected and the color held its coco, red plum and cherry tones which was unexpectedly pleasant. Over-all I found this wine was at its pinnacle and may start to decline in a year or two depending on cellar conditions. I like well made red wines of certain power and age. This was one of them. The debate over high alcohol and balance in new world wines would be lost on this one as at over 14% this wine at 18 years, (17 really), was graceful and rich with all the meaningful parts still present. It was paired with a roasted game hen, creamed spinach and polenta cakes. Maybe not the perfect food pairing for its younger self, but perfect for its present condition as the subtle food flavors allowed the wine to "show-off". Should you question buying and cellaring a new world Cabernet of 14% alcohol or more, let go, they can age well and are worth the wait, in my opinion.

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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: George Parkinson
220047883
4.00 5
05/06/2010

This was an old soldier I opened on my 50th Birthday this week. It was a 1992, and reminded me of times gone by since the day I first tasted the wine. 1992 upon release was considered "vintage of the decade" before the 94's or 97's or 99's were released. The wine had density, tannin, acid and dark fruits in balance. Tight and unapproachable when first barrel tasted; this 18 year old held together. The fruits were somewhat more muted and the earth tones were predominant. There was sediment as expected and the color held its coco, red plum and cherry tones which was unexpectedly pleasant. Over-all I found this wine was at its pinnacle and may start to decline in a year or two depending on cellar conditions. I like well made red wines of certain power and age. This was one of them. The debate over high alcohol and balance in new world wines would be lost on this one as at over 14% this wine at 18 years, (17 really), was graceful and rich with all the meaningful parts still present. It was paired with a roasted game hen, creamed spinach and polenta cakes. Maybe not the perfect food pairing for its younger self, but perfect for its present condition as the subtle food flavors allowed the wine to "show-off". Should you question buying and cellaring a new world Cabernet of 14% alcohol or more, let go, they can age well and are worth the wait, in my opinion.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 05/18/2007

Oaky nose, good cab structure. Red fruits in the mouth - cherry, blackberry, some chocolate. Slightly bitter finish, with strong tannins - 15 seconds.


Snooth User: joss
73889988
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 12/18/2008

Excellent cab, Complex, tannic, with floral and spice aromatics. Fleshy, vivid red fruits and black mineral streaks in the finish. Medium notes throughout in good balance, but not as deep and heavy as I prefer it. Still, a wonderfully composed wine.


Snooth User: sitrep666
23310725
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 08/11/2009

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 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
Vintage: 1999 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
Vintage: 1999 11/28/2007

Four glasses


External Reviews for Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2006 11/12/2010

Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Intense, deeply scented with lots of rich oak and woodsy spice piled atop its ample compliment of dark fruit, this potent and sturdy young Cabernet walks a fine line between being rich and slightly austere. It is bound up in stern tannins, and it tends to gritty, back-palate astringency just now, but it hangs on to a fair measure of nicely concentrated cassis-like fruit at the finish and promises better with age. This is a keeper very much meant for the long haul, and it may not show its true colors until upwards of a decade has passed.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 09/23/2011

"Although the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is a softer wine


External Review
Vintage: 2006 09/23/2011

"No wine better depicts the extraordinary range of Cabernet Sauvignon expression from Alexander Mountain Estate better than this one. The mid-mountain blocks (700 - 1


External Review
Vintage: 2006 07/06/2011

WE 92 Pts. - No wine better depicts the extraordinary range of Cabernet Sauvignon expression from Alexander Mountain Estate better than this one. The mid-mountain blocks (700 - 1,100 feet) provide floral and spice aromatics, flesh and vivid red fruit while the higher blocks (1,200 2,400 feet) offer a black mineral streak and etched structural backbone. Rated 90+


External Review
Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesBalanced and layered with blackberry and red cherry fruit flavors... notes of spice, coffee, cedar and mocha... firm, refined tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 1999 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.


External Review
Vintage: 1997 06/13/2012

This wine typically requires years to open up; now it's very tight and only offers a modicum of leather, toast and black-currant aromas. The plum and blackberry fruit is chunky, not stylish. The acids are bold, and the tannins are bulky, which masks... Wine Enthusiast. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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