Sameness is the enemy of fine wine. Consistency in quality, yes. Remaining true to type, possibly. But, sameness year in and year out belongs to soda pop, not to fine wine. We believe that wine should carry with it the imprint from whence it came. The soil, the elevation, the slope, the varietal, the clone, the season, the choices in the vineyard, at crush and in the cellar, all contribute to create the liquid beneath the cork.
The great American composer, George Gershwin, at one point in his career felt the need to improve his skills by studying under the great French composer Maurice Ravel. When approached, and after some contemplation, Ravel to his credit, refused, querying, “ Why would you wish to be a second rate Ravel when you are a first rate Gershwin?” Similarly, why would you wish to manipulate Colorado grapes to make a second rate Chablis, a second rate California Merlot, or a second rate Oregon Pinot Noir, when you could make a first rate Colorado Chardonnay, Merlot or Pinot Noir? Mimicry abandons most of what makes a fine wine, well … fine.
With sustainably farmed vineyards situated between 4500 ft and 6500 ft in elevation, the wines crafted at Stone Cottage Cellars exhibit a crispness, vitality, and minerality that reflect the Colorado mountains visible from the cellar door. Yes, our Chardonnay tastes like Chardonnay should, our Merlot tastes like Merlot should and our Pinot Noir tastes like Pinot Noir should, but with distinctly Colorado nuance.