I was introduced to Stony Run via their amazing 2017 Grüner Veltliner ($18), which I particularly loved for its balance of searing acidity and lush fruits. In fact, it’s one of my favorite PA wines from the past several years. Recently I had a chance to try a few others from the Stony Run portfolio… read on for my impressions:
Note: the winery gave PAVC a wholesale discount on these wines. Consumer prices are listed.
Stony Run Winery Albariño 2018 ($20)
Funnily enough, I tasted this wine the night before it was announced as “Best in State” wine winner at the 2021 PA Sommelier Judgement. When I saw that announcement, I was in total agreement… just a killer wine, and why Albariño is one of the most exciting grapes in the commonwealth right now. It’s so complex: herbal, resinous, with rich fruit (citrus/peach). Finish is lengthy, with chalky acidity and pleasantly bitter notes (think citrus pith). Most of all, it’s mouthwatering, in a way that brings me back again and again. Hard to stop drinking!
Try with: mildly-spiced Indian curry
Stony Run Naked Chardonnay 2017 ($16)
Though not as well-balanced as the Albariño or Gruner, still a reasonable effort. Some tropical fruit notes, almond syrup, a hint of that PA herbal twang, with decent acid on the finish.
Try with: grilled fish
Stony Run Merlot Reserve 2016 ($45)
Some oak is present here, though it is decently well-integrated at this stage. An undercurrent of earth bolsters notes of violet and dark cherry, and it finishes with a pleasant tartness. Though drinking nicely now, this should improve over the short term.
Try with: burgers
Stony Run Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016 ($30)
Quite difficult to get through the oak influence at at this stage — which is actually somewhat amazing considering it is 5 years old. I’d love to re-evaluate in 2-3 years, to see if the oak has better integrated.
Try with: a wine cellar