destination: excellence

what's in a name?

As for the name, Stone Cairn, it merely felt like the natural order of my life. Throughout my youth and to this day, one of my family’s most enjoyed pastimes has been backpacking through, and enjoying, the splendors of the picturesque outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. A cairn, as pictured on the front label of the bottle, is a stack of stones used as indication of being on the correct path to reach an intended destination. Every cairn has been touched and improved upon through innumerable helping hands during the course of its life, which is evident in the uniqueness of each cairn’s structure. When the correct helping hands impart their knowledge on the cairn, the structure will, with time, become a self sustaining and inimitable object, as I believe could be said about my Stone Cairn wine.

vineyards & growing season

After a string of mostly moderate vintages, Washington State saw its warmest vintage in many years in 2015.  An early bud break was followed by warm July and August temperatures. Cooler September temperatures allowed grapes to hang in the vineyard longer and gain great complexity.  The heat also led to very small individual berries with immense structure and flavor. 

Ciel du Cheval, Obelisco, and Quintessence Vineyards, all located in the Red Mountain AVA, are three of my favorites. These particular vineyards always express the terroir of Red Mountain especially well. The rich soils, dependable air drainage, and limited rainfall result in highly concentrated berries with dense skins, rich inky color, and daring complexity.

current release

Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Red Mountain

$40 | purchase

tasting notes
This beautiful violet colored wine delivers a variety of complex aromas including candied cherries, currants, and chocolate. The front of the palate shows nice sweetness and fruit which transitions into a well-structured mid-palate that displays more earthiness as well as the subtle notes of new French oak. The finish is quite long and brimming with the bright acidity and dark fruit that is indicative of Red Mountain. Enjoy this wine from now until 2030.

technical notes
Obelisco Vineyard, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Quintessence Vineyard
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
November 2017
Aging & Fermentation
Aged 21 months in 55% New French Oak, 40% Once-used French Oak, 5% New American Oak

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