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 2014. 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.
Shaw, 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.