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Why Stony Block?
Planted with the Dĳon 115 clone in 1997, this 3-acre block sits at the southernmost end of our Don Miguel Vineyard and has the highest elevation, over 500 feet. The many rocks we found in the soil inspired the name of this parcel, which provides some of the most graceful and elegant fruit on the estate. It has a personality quite different from the rest of the vineyard, a unique soil profile (Sebastopol series, vs. Goldridge) and steep, sloping terrain.
Beautiful nose, elegant and delicate, reminiscent of raspberries, cherries and red plums, orange peel, fennel and clove. On the palate it displays earthy notes of mushroom and spice, black tea and forest floor. The tannins are firm, mature and supple, predicting a long aging potential of at least 15-20 years. I would recommend serving this wine at cellar temperature, between 55-58° F.
The Don Miguel Vineyard.
Named after the late patriarch of the Torres family, this sustainable vineyard is located in the Green Valley – the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River, only ten miles from the Pacific. The European-style high density of over 2,000 vines per acre provides low yields and requires intensive labor; but the vines live longer and the grapes acquire better balance and greater concentration, as well as more elegance and finesse than with the traditional low density.
The grapes were harvested on September 8 and after minimal crushing, they were vinified in small stainless steel tanks, with no whole clusters, using our own indigenous yeast. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels, 50% new, coopered by Remond and Marchive from the forest of Bertranges. After 10 months of aging the wine was bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in August 2019.