Vine Stories recently got together with Winemaker David Stephenson to discuss Stephenson Cellars' background and philosophy of winemaking. We know you'll enjoy this short piece.
It is everything you would expect from a Walla Walla red, with nice structure and fruit that goes on forever.
This viognier is not too fruity. It is floral — the classic descriptor of the varietal. There is honey too. There’s not much to say other than grab yourself a glass, spread out on the back patio, and enjoy a gorgeous late-Spring sunset.
No high-tech equipment, no gleaming stainless steel. But make no mistake. Stephenson Cellars' wine is good, very good. The 2003 Syrah, for example, was recently given a score of 94 by The Wine Enthusiast.
Tight and dense, this is a full-flavored, smoky and rich version of Syrah, with flavors that seem a bit cooked. The fruit is smooth, mature and showing a mix of berry, currant and plum flavors. Forward and softer than the reserve, it’s a wine for near-term drinking.
The fruit is tight, citrusy, and slowly expands into a lovely, smooth expression of Syrah that seems to envelope the back palate with flavors of licorice, cotton candy, mint and bright berry. Intriguing and quite definitely cellar worthy.
It's a dazzling display of elegant power, offering polished red fruits with overtones of peach, pear, apricot and candied orange. Finishes with a well-defined tannic edge nuanced with ash and smoke.
Heady plum and blueberry aromas spiked with a resin nuance. Blueberry and plum fruit flavors are fleshy and deep
The 2003 vintage, which is just starting to hit the shelves, is mind-boggling, with an incredible nose of violets with smoky undertones and lush flavors of blackberry, plum and cassis.
This is the third vintage of Syrah from him, and they just keep getting better and better. Big and ripe, like most 2003s, this one also has backbone and structure for some mid term aging. Worth double what he charges for it.