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STONESTREET CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ROCKFALL VINEYARD, ALEXANDER VALLEY 2013
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rockfall Vineyard comes from a high-elevation site of 2,000 to 2,200 feet. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in 66% new French oak. This vineyard is a south-facing micro-terroir with lots of rocks, and the wine smells of mountain garrigue intermixed with black cherry, blackberry and cassis. The wine is dense, full-bodied, rich and rugged, but not rustic. It is a full-bodied, massive, rather backward and primordial wine for those with the patience to cellar it. Forget it for 5-8 years, and drink it over the following 40+ years.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
A big, sweeping wine, the Stonestreet 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rockfall is also the most vivid and complete of these Cabernets. Mocha, black cherry jam, spice, licorice and leather are some of the signatures. The Rockfall is unusually polished for such a big, mountain wine. With time in the glass, the Rockfall gains volume and intensity. Today, the 2013 is naturally quite young, but it is shaping up to be a gem.
NVWE Notes: This is an truly splendid wine: already delicious, but begging for cellar time. Deep, concentrated and precise, the nose aligns scents of black currant, black raspberry, black cherry, licorice root, bitter chocolate, clove, espresso bean, dried herbs, graphite and crushed rock into a portrait of mountain Cab. Those black and dark red fruits prove just as dominant on the palate, where none of the promised spice and mineral notes are lacking, as those elements hold firm as part of a concentrated, tightly-wound, gripping, lingering package suggestive of future greatness. This beauty will be delicious now with a roasted Chateaubriand, but the patient can expect five to eight years of dramatic evolution. 700 6-packs made.