Recently, I brought you the wonderful wines of Cornerstone Oregon and as promised, I am bringing you the iconic Cabernets of Cornerstone Cellars in the Napa Valley. When I think of Cornerstone Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon immediately comes to mind. Cabernet Sauvignon is king in the Napa Valley and with hundreds of wineries producing it, it is very challenging finding the true gems. Cornerstone Cellars is among the few wineries in the vast sea of wineries in the Napa Valley producing exceptional Cabernet that is a true reflection of the terroir.
Cornerstone Cellars produces two Cabernets; the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce a Cabernet Sauvignon from their Stepping Stone series which I talked about earlier this year. This blog will focus on the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Cornerstone Cellars 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from several vineyards; Ink Grade Vineyard, Howell Mountain, Oakville Station, Oakville, Kairos Vineyard, Oak Knoll District and 5% Merlot from Stewart Ranch Vineyard in Carneros. In the glass, the wine pours a deep purple color, almost ink-like. Immediately, I got intense blueberry and blackberry aromatics, along with some plum. As the wine opens up, you get some baker’s chocolate, spice, vanilla, and a hint of toasted oak. On the palate, the wine is lush and supple with layers of blueberry pie, blackberry, dark cherry, and plum. There is another layer of dark chocolate with hints of vanilla and spice. The wine finishes very long with some espresso notes. This is definitely a supple, full-bodied wine with silky tannins. It’s drinking well now but is built to age. This is one of my favorite Cabernets. This was paired with a New York steak smothered with sautéed mushrooms. The wine will stand up to hearty dishes like meat stews and even cheeseburgers as well as assorted cheeses and chocolate for dessert.
This is a fantastic example of a bold, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. Cornerstone Cellars continues to craft Cabernet that is powerful, yet elegant that can be enjoyed now but can age beautifully for many years. The wine retails for $65 per bottle on the Cornerstone Cellars website and 842 cases were produced. This is a highly, highly recommended wine. This is one to buy at least a couple bottles of; one to enjoy now and one to lay down for several years to enjoy it with some age on it. There is definitely a lot of Cabernet production in Napa but very few Cabernets with the complexity and finesse that the Cabernet from Cornerstone Cellars has. This is one for all Cabernet lovers to try.
Again special thanks to Mr. Craig Camp for sharing his wines with me and giving me the opportunity to share them with my readers. If you haven’t already done so, connect with Cornerstone Cellars on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on current releases and winery news and events.
Be sure to check out my post on Cornerstone Cellars 2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, coming soon! Until the next time friends.
* This wine was provided as a media sample for review purposes.