Maker: Stone Cellars, Napa, California (Beringer)
Variety: Shiraz – Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Stone Cellars Shiraz-Cabernet 2004 starts with a spicy, slightly leathery, aroma. Its flavor is full of juicy berry notes, with a hint of vanilla. There’s a bit of acidity, which increases the complexity and lengthens the finish. This blend is 62% Shiraz and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and manages to be better than the sum of its parts.
Overall, this is a nice wine for not much money. Stone Cellars seems to be the bargain end of the Beringer line. We tried to visit the Stone Cellars website, but when we tried it we were redirected to a broken page on the Beringer site.
Despite the tech issues, if you are looking for an inexpensive California blend that will go with a variety of foods and can even stand alone, check out Stone Cellars Shiraz Cabernet.