After visiting Stone Mountain Vineyards for a class I bought a few of their bottles to take home and try. The first one I have reviewed was their Cabernet Franc Reserve here and now we have their 2009 Stone Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. At 12.5% alcohol by volume this wine will be a bit lighter than what I am used to in this varietal.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a little harder to grow in Virginia and I am not sure exactly why. What I have heard is that it is due to the fact that we do not have enough hot days to really get this grape going. I know that in another local winery that they do not have grapes from these vines every year.
Stone Mountain Vineyards, the winery for sale with the million dollar view and four dollar road, has some really nice vineyards sloping on top of a mountain. Their owner past away last year so this would still be one of his wines. Here are the tasting notes:
Tight nose opens to feature hints of plum and other dark stone fruits. Upon the palate, this wine widens to include blackberry and raspberry tones, leading to a hint of anise on the finish. Slightly lighter body and delicate tannins follow a more Italian winemaking tradition. Enjoy with braised or grilled beef or lamb.
So how was it?
Color – Deep dark red.
Nose – Velvety raspberries with baking spices.
Taste – Mocha and chocolate with raspberries and a hint of vanilla bean.
Finish – Pretty long with medium acid and surprisingly big bold tannins.
Overall, I think they really undersell this wine. I do not think it is “slightly lighter body” but they may be afraid of the person who only drinks a big bold California Cab. I can tell you this wine stands on it’s own and doesn’t make me go “oh yeah, that is a Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon.” Instead it brings me to replace “oh yeah” with “wow” and put a question mark at the end.