Wine Advocate 93
"A fabulous example of this great vintage, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with blue and black fruit, savory herbs, licorice, incense and menthol, all supported by the firm tannins that are one of the hallmarks of the year. The slightly gamy notes typical of this bottling are present, but, at the same time, there is more than enough fruit to balance those elements. This is a decidedly dark, brooding wine, but at the same time, it has more finesse than the 2009. In 2010 the Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of fruit from Red Hen, Crystal Springs, State Lane, Las Piedras and Max. This is a great showing from Stewart and winemaker Paul Hobbs. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030." ~ AG
" This is a rich and plump wine from a great vintage, with the structure of grapes grown in great sites and complexity of careful raising in the cellar to age nicely for a decade at least. The wine’s nearly opaque purple-ruby color foretells the aroma’s depth of dark fruit, oak spice and tobacco notes. The aroma opens to show berries, cherries and plums with hints of pomegranate and smoke. In the mouth the wine starts with richness and silk underlain by a powerful base of concentrated ripe tannins and just the right balancing acidity. The ripe fruit flavors are beautifully wound with subtle toast, smoke and spice from French oak barrels. There is an impression of dark tobacco leaf and cedar mixed with the black fruit in the long, fleshy finish. The lingering grip of the wine’s structure will slowly resolve to velvet with time in the bottle.
"At Stewart Cellars, it's the quest that drives us. The quest for the ideal site, for consistently lush fruit, for the like-minded grower who labors towards the perfect expression of a given vintage. We build lasting relationships with vineyard owners and together with the help of our consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs we test the limits of what an exceptional patch of soul can yield. Our requirement for the resulting win is simple: it must deliver beyond expectation every time.
Stewart Cellars begins and ends with family. We are dedicated to making something tangible and enduring, something expressive of each person's gifts. Stewart was started in the year 2000 by Anne and Michael Stewart. Michael Stewart is very much the entrepreneur. Anne is the food and wine connoisseur who loves introducing people to our wines. James Stewart manages the day to day operations of Stewart Cellars and thrives on the complexity of running all aspects of the business. Caroline Stewart is honing her skills as she follows the world's harvest seasons preparing herself to take the Stewart family into the future as winemaker." --James Stewart
Stewart Cellars sources from some of the most coveted vineyards in both Napa Valley and the Russian River Valley. The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Stagecoach Vineyards, Beckstoffer's Las Piedras, Dana Estate's Crystal Springs, and the Bayview Vineyard State Lane. Blending from each micro climate, Stewart 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon over deliver without fail. The Russian River Pinot Noir comes from one vineyard called Ross Station. Finally Stewart Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay comes from the Farina Vineyard. " ~ Winery notes
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Stewart Cellars was founded in 2000 by Michael and Anne Stewart with a philosophy to consistently produce fabulous Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa and Russian River Valleys. With son James running the day to day operations and daughter Caroline joining the winemaking team, Stewart has become a family affair. Consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs takes great care in producing Stewart Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. All of the vineyards are cultivated to Paul's specifications, with fruit dropped periodically throughout the growing season to ensure even ripeness and good concentration.