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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Stark-Conde Three Pines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Stark-Conde Three Pines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 101725)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

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About Stark-Conde:

I never went to school to study winemaking but rather did my time reading books and experimenting along the way. I'm pretty stubborn, which turns out to be a good thing.

Crafting wine requires patience and the crazy belief that the shortest line drawn between two points may not always be the right one. Take a simple task like fruit-sorting. That's when we meticulously go through all the de-stemmed berries to pick out any under-ripe or bird-damaged fruit, leaves, stems and other MOG (Matter Other than Grapes). During harvest. there comes a point when everyone's exhausted and baskets of grapes keep coming. It's even debatable how much difference sorting will make in the end. That's when the stubborn kicks in.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one having so much fun. We stick to traditional winemaking methods; we ferment our juice in open tanks, do hand-punchdowns around the clock, basket press, and mature the wines in small French oak barrels. The name Stark-Condé is a simple marriage of my wife's family name and my own.
- José Conde, winemaker