Outstanding wines! Mike Hirby is able to create wines that have both power and finesse seamlessly – immensely enjoyable and multi-dimensional.
WSI95+ Superb Pinot! At once intense and vibrant, luscious and earthy, a complex balance from an outstanding site.
Winemaker Notes:The Silver Eagle Vineyard is a sunnier site in the generally cool area of Green Valley, with deep red pebbly soils. Our block is planted to the Pommard clone, revered for its density and complexity. The 2019 is visually striking with a deep and vibrant garnet color. A swirl of the glass releases the beguiling aromatics of cherry caramel, linalool, rose petal water and raspberry crème which carry into the pure and evolving palate. Layers of raspberry coulis, black cherry, kola nut and pluot carry through the finish where light tannins, sweet acidity and Darjeeling tea leaf linger.
D. R. Stephens Estate is a family-owned and operated Napa Valley winery that specializes in producing site-expressive Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from singular vineyards recognized for growing exceptional wine grapes. The winery was founded by Donald R. Stephens, and is managed and co-owned by Don’s son, Justin, who took over the day-to-day operation in 2005 after extensive experience in production, sales, operations, and management at several well-known Napa Valley wineries. The winery’s physical and emotional heart is the Moose Valley Vineyard, a pastoral 7½ –acre vineyard located on the D. R. Stephens Estate in the rolling hills of Howell Mountain in the St. Helena AVA
Winemaker Michael Hirby grew up in a musical and creative family that had a deep love of food and cooking. At The Colorado College, he honed these skills and developed a serious interest in wine. After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Michael worked as a Sommelier for a few years before deciding that winemaking was the next step; and after spending several months exploring the wine country in Spain and France, he made his way to Napa Valley.
The Napa Valley Register recently said, “Hirby has become one of the top winemakers in the valley, having made high-profile wines at Realm, Behrens Family (formerly Behrens & Hitchcock), D.R. Stephens Estate, Husic Vineyards and Sarocka Estate, among others.” He is committed to making the highest-quality, most enticing wines in the world.