Stewart Cellars New Releases for Spring 2017


Yountville-based Stewart Cellars offers Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and Bordeaux-variety wines from Napa Valley. Their three new, Spring releases  came my way recently. They’re all good wines and my reviews are below. You can see my previous coverage of Stewart here.

Before we get to those though, Stewart Cellars is holding their first Spring Soiree on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. There will be live music by The Hot Shots, flower crown creations, Southern-inspired snacks plus oysters from Hog Island to nosh on. And the three wines reviewed below will be paired with seasonal bites prepared by Stewart Cellars’ on-site Gather Café.

Tickets for the event are free for members, $35 for the general public. Stewart Cellars is located at 6752 Washington Street in Yountville

2016 Stewart Rosé Sonoma Mountain 89 13.5% 750ml $28

This satin-smooth rosé is a light and pretty, coppery pink in the glass with aromas of peach, grapefruit, underripe strawberry and mineral. Appealing flavors of strawberry, tart peach, sweet herb and melon are just the thing for light, Spring and Summer foods. The finish is dry and juicy with lingering, mouth-coating fruit. Just 155 cases of this direct press Pinot Noir/Pinot Gris were made.

2016 Stewart Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 90+ 13.5% 750ml $25

Lively aromas of guava, passionfruit, white peach, grass and grapefruit waft generously from the glass of this 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Stanly Ranch Vineyard in Carneros. Lightly grainy texture and crisp acidity balance viscous grapefruit and guava fruit on the palate. Those flavors are accented by hints of oak, black pepper, jalapeño and green pepper. Medium-plus body with a lengthy finish. 771 cases.

2015 Stewart Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 90 14.1% 750ml $40

The nose of this Farina Vineyard Chardonnay offers Golden Delicious apple, nutmeg and a dollop of butter. The palate is viscous up front and fruit-forward with a juicy mid-palate. Proud flavors of green and yellow apple, lemon, tart stone fruit, toast and spice culminate in a weighty finish. 669 cases.

Copyright Fred Swan 2017. Photo courtesy of Stewart Cellars. All rights reserved.

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