2010 Bear Point Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Alexander Mountain Estate
California: Alexander Valley
The perfect swath
Today’s Stonestreet Wines 2010 Bear Point Alexander Valley Cabernet is offered to you with our boldest recommendation!
Every Stonestreet wine reflects the unique vineyard and climate where the wine was born. Today’s Bear Point Cabernet hails from a steep, elongated mountainside vineyard that spans a stretch that runs just below the fog line from 1200’ elevation down to 1000’.
This Cabernet offers both power and finesse. The result is a very broad range of flavors and aromas.
Fruits present an array that spans from bright red to deep, dark blue and black. On the nose and on the palate, the fruits are complemented by lush earth and floral tones.
This wine is beautifully balanced, presenting dense and powerful flavors - with an elegance that gives the wine a silken texture on the palate. Be sure to decant this beautiful wine for optimal enjoyment.
Absolutely beautiful dark crimson through and through, nearly opaque at its heart. A wonderful lighter ruby edge rims the glass.
An elegant wine on the nose, leading with concentrated aromas of reduced blackberry and plum laid overtop notes of fresh California bay leaf, dark chocolate, sweet tobacco, clove, and a hint of eucalyptus.
An absolutely gorgeous represenation of a high-elevation Cabernet, with lush dark fruit in perfect balance with earth and spice. Braised black cherry, blackberry, and black currant mingle with flavors of fresh California bay leaf, sandalwood, sage, black peppercorn, and espresso bean.
Powerful and robust, but accompanied with just enough finesse, this wine has a fantastic texture and crisp acidity on the finish.
A juniper, mustard, and coriander rubbed pork shoulder, slowly braised with onions and root vegetables.
What the Winery Says
This Cabernet block is situated between 1,000 and 1,200 feet in a cooler spot below the fogline, hence the bandwidth of flavors leans to electric blue/red fruits—which is unique from the mountain. Floral, dried blueberry and orange peel notes lift out of the glass along with red currant and pomegranate. The texture is seamless and elegant, with fine-grained tannins.
94 Point Review - Wine Enthusiast At the age of three years, this Cabernet Sauvignon is still very tannic and closed. It has a solid core of black currants, with sweet oak and mineral complexities. The structure is exceptionally refined, and it’s crisp with acidity. A gorgeous wine to age for eight years, if not longer.
90+ Point Review - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Bright red-ruby color. Dark aromas of black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate, menthol and black pepper. Tightly wound and youthfully medicinal, with dark berry, herb and licorice flavors complemented by iron and gravel nuances. Quite dry and light on its feet but imploded today and in need of at least a couple years of bottle aging.
- Graham Weerts
- 94 Points - Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 90+ Points - Stephen Tanzer
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Alexander Mountain Estate
- Fruit Composition
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 19 months in 46% new French oak
About the Winery
Stonestreet Estate Vineyards stands as the one largest and most extensive mountain vineyards in the world. Towering high above the Alexander Valley in the Mayacamas Mountain Range, Stonestreet Estate defies all previous conceptions of winegrowing. Winegrowers throughout history have looked to high elevation sites with impoverished, rocky soils to produce richly concentrated wines of character, but mountain vineyards are notoriously difficult to farm. Stonestreet Estate is no exception. 235 separate vineyard blocks are aligned in every imaginable spot on the compass, with peaks, valleys and ridges creating a broad spectrum of varied facings and elevations. Yet only a fifth of the 5,100-acre estate is planted to wine grapes.
Here, we are truly a guest of nature, subject to both its bounty and its whims, which serves as a constant reminder that we are merely custodians to this remarkable place.
Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs
When you’re a winemaker, a sensitive nose can be a very good thing. This is what Lisa Valtenbergs discovered. “My parents said I always complained about smells,” Lisa recalls of her early years growing up in Sonoma County. “Finally, my mom’s friend told me to put that nose to use, and so I went into wine.”
Lisa bolstered her natural sensory skills with hands-on experience and a solid education, developing a well-rounded understanding of the wine industry. She attended Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and while there spent a semester abroad studying international wine marketing at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. In 2000 Lisa worked her first harvest at Tolosa Winery in Paso Robles and graduated from Cal Poly in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and a minor in Viticulture.
Lisa joined Stonestreet in 2008, largely drawn to the winery by the opportunity to work with the Alexander Mountain Estate. She loves the diversity of her job, from the vineyards to the cellar. “I like seeing something to completion, watching the fruit ripen, coddling it and nurturing it, watching it progress until it becomes the wine you find in the bottle.”
Stonestreet is one of the most expansive and multi-faceted mountain vineyards in the world and produces a distinctive collection of single vineyard wines.
Towering high above the Alexander Valley in the Mayacamas Mountain Range and ranging 400ft to 2,400ft in elevation, the estate showcases a dramatic array of mesoclimates on peaks, valleys and ledges. The geological diversity of the mountain, which contains more soil types than all of France, confers a strong mineral characteristic to the fruit, while the challenges of farming at elevation produce smaller, more concentrated berry clusters.
Sustainable Farming Practices
Stonestreet Estate Vineyards is committed to demonstrating leadership in sustainable environmental practices. Our goals are focused around increasing water and energy use efficiency, conserving the use of resources, reducing waste and maintaining the natural environment. We continually work to decrease our environmental footprint in our vineyards.
Our farmers know how to maintain the balance of our natural systems by restoring growth and supporting biodiversity on our lands, resulting in healthy grapes and soil.
Our vineyards are third party certified sustainable under the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW), and Sustainability in Practice (SIP) programs. Our care goes beyond the planted vines — of the 5,100 acres that make up the Estate, less than the 20% of the property is planted to vines. The majority of our land is left as open space for native plants and animals to flourish.
The estate is home to raptor and owl boxes that provide a safe nesting place for creatures that provide natural pest management in the vineyards. We work closely with resource agencies throughout Sonoma County to ensure stream restoration and endangered species protection.
The vineyards on the estate use drip irrigation, and we’ve installed weather stations to promote responsible water use and help us more accurately determine when we need to irrigate.