Stony Hill Vineyard

Owner(s) Peter McCrea, Sarah McCrea
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Stony Hill Vineyard

Fred McCrea established Stony Hill's vineyard on 600' to 1,200' elevation slopes on Spring Mountain overlooking the Napa Valley in 1948. The existing Chardonnay vines were replanted through a process of in-house selection by Mike Chelini, who presides over Stony Hill's winemaking and vineyard management since taking over from founder McCrea in 1973.

The Chardonnays from the original vines were famous for taking 20, even up to 40 years, to develop. Chardonnays from the newer 1970s and 1980s plantings are more like 10- to 12-year wines. The Chardonnays are closer to Old World than New World in style.

Stony Hill does not produce "unoaked" Chardonnay. They ferment in 60- and 130-gallon French oak barrels. They never throw the barrels out, preferring to use them over and over again until their staves can no longer hold together.

Tours and tasting are offered by appointment.

Reviewed Wines

2015 Stony Hill Vineyard Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Chardonnay

13.0% alc., $48. I cut my Chardonnay teeth many years ago on Stony Hill and still cherish the wine today. This familyowned winery dates back over 65 years and their Chardonnay remains one of the most age worthy wines produced in the USA. The old vines are dry farmed. No malolactic fermentation, aged in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Intoxicating perfume of lemon, pineapple and other tropical fruits and a hint of welcome oak. Very polished and seamless on the palate with a discrete amount of citrus, pear, applesauce, apricot spice, vanilla and almond paste flavors embellished with a desirable mineralogy note. The finish is slightly tart and citrus driven, cleansing the palate and urging a second sip. A California treasure that is unique in its own way and fits like a glove. Score: 94. Reviewed March 17, 2018 ARTICLE »

2013 Stony Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay

13.0% alc., pH 3.30, TA 0.69, RS 0.25, 1,852 cases, $45.This wine comes from one of Napa Valley’s most iconic wineries that has farmed Chardonnay since 1947. It is grown, produced and bottled 600 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley. Vines are 22 to 31 years old. Aged 10 months in neutral French oak barrels. A non-oaky, non-malolactic style Chardonnay. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Plenty to like in this complex wine including clean aromas of green apple, lemon, peach, yellow cake, nuts, poppyseed and crushed chalk, and vivid fruit flavors of lemon, pineapple, and peach framed by refreshing acidity. Silky smooth on the palate with impeccable balance, featuring a grip of “stony” acidity on the uplifting finish. This is Chardonnay in its purest form, not gussied up with oak. Score: 94. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

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