by Fred McMillin
for November 18, 1998
An Upbeat Stonestreet
The initial reputation of the Alexander Valley Cabernet
Sauvignon was for thin, vegetal wines. The reason was the
excessive uncontrolled vigor of the vines, producing abundant
foliage that shaded the grapes.
..."Wine Atlas of California," J. Halliday
The Rest of the Story
Alexander Valley vintners soon learned their lesson and
today Cabernet is their best wine. Here's a perfect example.
1995 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
Stonestreet Winery, Sonoma County
Rating—My tasters have sipped about half a zillion Cabs
this year and this is one of the top ten. EXCELLENT!
Winemaking—Winemaker Mike Westrick knew he had a winner
and was careful not to bruise it. For example, he didn't
ram it through a filter to clarify the Cab. Instead, he
let it settle, gently moved it off the sediment, and then
dropped egg whites through it to eliminate cloudiness.
Contact—For more info, call Public Relations Manager Marcia
Brinker at (707) 544-4000.
Food Affinities—A rich wine for rich dishes and rich cheeses.
I would serve it at the end of the meal with your favorite
cheeses and very plain water crackers.
name Stonestreet? Well, the winery was named in 1989 by
Kendall-Jackson founder Jess Stonestreet Jackson. Jess was
very close to his father. Hence, the winery is dedicated
to his father whose name was: Jess Stonestreet Jackson.
||About the Writer
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history
for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine
courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College.
In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred
with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded
to American wine writers.
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