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Cornerstone Cellars

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  • 93 points 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label “Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose opens slowly in the glass to reveal inviting aromas of raspberry jam and cherry cobbler. Juicy, vibrant and beauty of flavor, offering middleweight tastes of black cherry and black raspberry with a pleasing touch of spice. Impressive grip and personality and highly enjoyable now, but with the tannic backbone to age. A very long and expansive finish seals the deal.”  -PinotFile
  • 92 points 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label “Vivid ruby with a bright rim. Suave, oak-tinged aromas of red fruit preserves. Asian spices and cola, lifted by an intense floral overtone.  Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering expansive raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a bracing jolt of white pepper. This is plenty rich but it comes off as surprisingly lithe, finishing with supple tannins, excellent thrust and an echo of candied flowers.”  -Vinous
  • 94 points 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label “Supple, ripe and expressive, unfurling ripe blueberry, plum and spice flavors on a bed of velvety tannins. Finishes with persistence and elegance. -Wine Spectator
  • 93 points 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label “The nose opens slowly in the glass to reveal inviting aromas of raspberry jam and cherry cobbler. Juicy, vibrant and beauty of flavor, offering middleweight tastes of black cherry and black raspberry with a pleasing touch of spice. Impressive grip and personality and highly enjoyable now, but with the tannic backbone to age.” -PinotFile
  • 92 Points “Highly Recommended” 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Oakville Merlot Oakville Station Vineyard “This is a classic rendition of the variety — from an ideal vintage — that takes us back to a more restrained and elegant style. On the nose are exotic notions of boysenberry preserve, jasmine, cedar, and ginseng; and on the palate, ripe black-and-blueberry, dried herbs, roasted vanilla bean, and botanicals — all deeply layered with accents of eucalyptus, star anise, and graphite that unfold over a mouthwatering finish. Lush and velvety smooth on the palate, it is medium-full bodied with firm tannins, moderate acidity, and assertive, toasty oak.” -National Wine Review
  • 90 Points 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label “A 100% varietal wine, this offers a depth of earthy mushroom and forest, especially on the nose, before expansive waves of juicy raspberry and blackberry take over on the palate. Enjoyable now, it reveals a touch of dried herb and violet as it progresses in the glass.”  -Wine Enthusiast
  • 100 Points “Simply gorgeous” 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Oakville Merlot, Oakville Station Vineyard “Perhaps the greatest Merlot I have ever had (I have had thousands). This is Cornerstone Cellar's first release under their single vineyard program. To further shake things up they went with Merlot, a varietal that often plays a supporting role in their Cabernet. The fruit comes from their Oakville Station Vineyard blocks in To Kalon. It's 100% Merlot and why not as it clearly does not require any assistance.” -BevX.com
  • 97 Points 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Michael's Cuvée "The 2012 Michael’s Cuvée is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon with 9% Merlot. The blend was selected from the Oakville Station Vineyard (To Kalon) 57%, 28% Kairos Vineyard in Oak Knoll, and 9% Ink Grade Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Michael’s Cuvée is named for founder Dr. Michael Dragutsky who fuels their passion to this day. It's an absolutely seamless wine with all of the individual parts fitting together like a beautiful puzzle.” -BevX.com
  • 4.5 Stars 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir “Special batches, single vineyard or other designated wines go under the white label; this Oregon Pinot spends 16 months in 40% new French oak – the result is a lovely black cherry and smoky aroma which follows onto the palate with floral notes adding depth to the fresh and fruity character of the wine; pure elegance in the glass.”  -Michael Pinkus Wine Reviews
  • 4 Stars 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Stepping Stone Cuvée “Cornerstone only does Pinot and Chardonnay in Oregon – here they’ve paid homage to the Burgundian Village-style that’s young, fresh and fruit driven: lively cherry with a long black cherry finish and gentle spice.” -Michael Pinkus Wine Reviews
  • 4.5 Stars 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Oakville Merlot, Oakville Station Vineyard  “A small lot (107 cases) 100% Merlot, made from a 2.3 acre block. Sweet fruited California Merlot that’s silky, supple and juicy: chocolate mixes with black cherry and white pepper … a pure delight to drink – adding to the experience of this elegant Merlot is the pure mocha finish with hints of blueberry skin. Simply put, this wine is gorgeous.” -Michael Pinkus Wine Reviews
  • 4.5 Stars 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon “Chocolate, black cherry and vanilla aromas lure you into the glass for that first sip – and it does not disappoint. Purity of fruit, cassis, chalky tannins, black raspberry all with a mineral sensation driving it all together is one lush and delicious package – it’s the beauty of what 28 year old vines can do.”  -Michael Pinkus Wine Reviews
  • #96 - 101 Best Wineries in America “Michael Dragutsky and Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars believe that there is no better place in the world to grow cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot than the Napa Valley, but that Oregon's Willamette Valley produces better chardonnay and pinot noir than Napa can — so they make wine in both places. (They also produce, among other wines, a Napa Valley syrah rosé called Corallina that has been widely hailed.) Whichever state they're from, Cornerstone’s offerings are forthright and rich — not wines that will sit quietly in the corner.” -The Daily Meal
  • 4 Stars “Outstanding” 2014 Rosé Rocks! by Cornerstone  “...First of all - I’m a sucker for a great Rosé. The Rocks! Rosé is unique from start to finish starting with the blend: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah. This drinks like a red wine in many respects while delivering the vibrancy and refreshing qualities that Rosé drinkers seek. Be careful, the bottle disappears quickly!” -BevX.com
  • 90 Points 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc Black Label -Wine Enthusiast
  • 91 points  2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley MIchael’s Cuvée  “Deep ruby/light purple color. Nose of crunchy red and black currants, summer plums, an intriguing blend of spicy green herbs, tobacco, cedar shavings and some light roast coffee. Full-bodied and chewy Moderate tannic strength, the edges are quite smooth and I get a surprising amount of fresh acid. Palate of tart red and black cherries and currants, the fruit is tangy yet showing a velvety, lush quality. Notes of tobacco, cedar, eucalyptus, pencil shavings, vanilla, espresso. Full and rich but complex and showing some early refinement.”  -Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
  • 90 points “Highly Recommended” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone “Ripe, intense black-fruits nose with a touch of grass and mint; stylish and lifted. Dense, chewy and intense, with a core of firmness running right through. Very good aromatics on the palate and a well-balanced finish.” -Decanter
  • 90 points “Highly Recommended” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “Cinnamon, nutmeg, ripe dark cherry, cranberry and oregano on the nose. Supple attack – rounded and fleshy. it has opulence and a good backbone of acidity to balance the super-ripe fruit.” -Decanter
  • 93 points 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Oakville Merlot Oakville Station Vineyard -James the Wine Guy
  • 88 points “Recommended” 2014 Rosé Rocks! by Cornerstone “It is a casual and generous rosé, with notions of raspberry liqueur and violet on the nose; and on the palate, suggestions of dried strawberry and cinnamon stick. It is completely dry, with sprightly acids and a mouth-coating texture.”  -The National Wine Review
  • 90 points “Highly Recommended” 2014 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Corallina Syrah Rosé “...an exuberant rosé of Syrah offering aromas of dried rose petal, passion fruit, and botanicals, followed by flavors of ripe watermelon, Rainier Cherry, and lychee — all accented with solid minerality and vibrant acidity over a long, tangy finish evocative of a fine liqueur.” -The National Wine Review
  • 95 points 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley MIchael’s Cuvée -James the Wine Guy
  • 91 points 2014 Rosé Rocks! by Cornerstone  -James the Wine Guy
  • 91+ points 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley MIchael’s Cuvée “The 2012 Michael's Cuvée is absolutely delicious, instantly opens with seductive aromas of black cherries and dark currants woven together with sweet spices, violets, graphite and hints of chocolate shavings which soar from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied, opulent and layered with excellent length, leaving behind delicious flavors of dark fruits, sweet spices and a cocoa edge. Today, this is already showing some very appealing characteristics, however it will need a couple more years of bottle age for everything to settle in.”  -International Wine Report July, 2015
  • 90 points 2014 Cornerstone Cellars Corallina Syrah Rosé “Vivid pink. Sexy, expansive aromas of ripe red berries, candied flowers and vanilla, with a hint of peppery spices emerging with air. Rich, palate-coating raspberry and cherry flavors give way to exotic apricot and tangerine in the middle, with a spine of juicy acidity adding lift. In an ample yet lively style, finishing with very good thrust and building spiciness. Imagine a ripe, fleshy New World version of Tavel and you can imagine how this wine comes across.” -Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • 91 points 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc Black Label “Bold purple color in the glass. Dark berries abound on the nose (black cherries, blueberries, blackberries), underneath the fruit are aromas of earth, cedar, dried leaves and some roses. Full bodied but balanced by moderate acidity and dusty but firm tannins. Black cherries, red and black currant and blueberry fruit dominate, rich fruit but it tastes nice and tart. The wine is laced with elements of graphite, tobacco and cedar, an underlying mineral element. Long, silky finish with notes of mocha and vanilla. A beautiful wine, this will only get prettier and more refined with three or four years in the cellar.” -Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
  • 88 points 2014 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Corallina Syrah Rosé “100% Syrah. As might well be expected from its varietal content, this is a Rosé that aims for richness and has one foot in the camp of lighter red wines. It is comparatively weighty and fuller in body than the average Rosé, and its extra measure of fruity substance fills its frame. Its ample size comes at no cost of coarseness, and the astringency that comes from its firming, back-palate tannins in no way threatens its message of fruit.” -Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
  • 95 points 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon “Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of bright cherry, tobacco, and green herbs. In the mouth, beautifully bright flavors of cherry, tobacco, mocha, and a hint of minty green herbs have a wonderfully juicy complexion thanks to excellent acidity. The mint note lingers in the finish with a hint of cracked pepper.” -Vinography
  • 93 points 2011 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label “Fresh and elegant with ripe, silky flavors; racy acidity and sweet cherry and raspberry fruit; lovely oak and vanilla; tangy and bright with depth and refined style.” -Blue Lifestyle
  • 93 points 2014 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Corallina Syrah Rosé “Enjoy year round. -James the Wine Guy
  • 5 Stars 2014 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Corallina Syrah Rosé “The Corallina possesses the bright fruit and vibrant acidity that rosé lovers seek but it has more depth and intrigue than most. It's hard to imagine it being better.”  -BevX.com
  • 88 points 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Stepping Stone Pinot Noir “Medium ruby color. Aromas of raspberry and strawberry jam, some violets, rose petals, cracked pepper, a sweeter note of coffee and caramel. On the palate, this is full of juicy red berry fruit, supported by dusty-fine tannins. Spicy rhubarb and dried cherries mix with earth and slight mushroom notes, some sweet vanilla cola. An easy-drinking personality, it’s ready to open now but it’s not a simple wine, showing a good dose of complexity.”  -Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
  • 90 points 2011 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir “Bright red cherry colored. Cool red fruit bursts from the glass (strawberries, cherries and raspberries), along with a hefty dose of spice (oregano, black pepper, nettles) and some sweet coffee. Fresh and inviting on the palate with high acid, smooth tannins and tangy strawberries, raspberries and red currants. I like the kick of pepper, soy and wet leaves. Some cedar and coffee notes are integrated well into the overall package. Bright and fresh but lots of complexity. Ready to drink but able to hold.” -Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
  • 90 points 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, White Label  “Pale gold in color, this wine smells of lemon and a hint of linalool. In the mouth, smoothly textured flavors of lemon, lime, and green apple are quite juicy and tasty. Crisp and slightly chalky in the finish.” -Vinography
  • 16.5 out of 17 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Label “Enticing black cherry, plum and cassis aromas with a hint of forest floor and a touch of black olive. Juicy plum fruit, baking spice of already integrated oak and graceful tannins give a luxurious mouthfeel. Lovely long, dark fruit finish. Well-balanced and will improve with time in bottle. (MD)” -jancisrobinson.com
  • 95 points “Yum” 2013 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley The Premiere Cornerstone “Super juicy and bright.  Long finish.  Smooth, even silky.”  -Vinography
  • 90 points 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label “Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cherry cola. In the mouth, cherry, cola nut, and cocoa powder mix with a bright juicy acidity that is mouthwatering. Fleecy tannins rub the back edges of the mouth while notes of cherry cola linger in the finish.” -Vinography
  • 92 Points “Rich and classic” 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label “This wine brings traditional flavors of tea leaves and tobacco with sensually lush boysenberry and sage notes, finishing long and strong.” -Enobytes
  • 90 points 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label “Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cherry cola. In the mouth, cherry, cola nut, and cocoa powder mix with a bright juicy acidity that is mouthwatering. Fleecy tannins rub the back edges of the mouth while notes of cherry cola linger in the finish.” -Vinography
  • 92 points “Gorgeous Wine” 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Label  “Very appreciable velvety texture to this wine.  Notes include black cherry, marion berry, toffee, red pepper,  thyme and marjoram.” -James the Wine Guy
  • 90+ points “Highly Recommended” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars “The Cornerstone” Napa Valley Red Wine, White Label “Ripe, intense black-fruits nose with a touch of grass and mint; stylish and lifted.  Dense chewy and intense, with a core of firmness running right through.  Very good aromatics on the palate and a well balanced finish.”  -Decanter Magazine
  • 90+ points “Highly Recommended” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label “Cinnamon, nutmeg, ripe dark cherry, cranberry and oregano on the nose.  Supple attack - rounded and fleshy.  It has opulence and a good backbone of acidity to balance the super-ripe fruit.”  -Decanter Magazine
  • 93 points 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label “It possesses excellent structure with gorgeous polished tannins and layers of delicious Mountain Cabernet flavors that resonate through the wine, before bursting onto the supple finish.  A phenomenal job by winemaker Jeff Keene.”   -International Wine Report
  • 94 points 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, White Label “Supple, ripe, expressive, unfurling ripe blueberry, plum and spice flavors on a bed of velvety tannins, finishing with persistence and elegance.”  -Wine Spectator
  • 91 points 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Artist Series  -Wine Spectator
  • ​90 points 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label “Another great wine from the Napa Valley.  Plush and soft, it opens with red fruit flavors evolving into a palate of silky raspberry and tobacco with herb notes that play softly in the background.  Give this one a try.  I think you’ll like it!”   EnoBytes
  • 94 points 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label   James the Wine Guy
  • “Excellent” 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Chardonnay, White Label “It’s certainly a powerful expression of the grape, but one composed more of wreathed hints, nods and nuances than oratorical orisons and flamboyant gestures.”  Bigger Than Your Head
  • “Excellent” 2011 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, White Label “In the mouth, this pinot noir is super-satiny and sensual but riven by an edge of acidity that cuts a swath on the palate.”  Bigger Than Your Head
  • “5 Bottle Rating” 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, White Label “If you are a lover of #SauvBlanc the 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc will not disappoint.  For me, it’s one of their best vintages of Sauvignon Blanc, yet.  Just pure, chilled, crisp refreshment!”   D’Vine Wine Time
  • 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, White Label “Aged for five months in French oak barrels, the lees, the sediment of the wine in the barrel, were stirred every two week.  The result?  A wine exhibiting elegance, balance and complexity not often found in a California Sauvignon Blanc was crafted."   Grape Experiences
  • 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, White Label “The Cornerstone is a thinking man’s Sauvignon Blanc.”   EnoBytes
  • “A-” 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label  brainwines.com
  • “A” 2010 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone Red Blend, White Label  brainwines.com
  • “A-” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, White Label  brainwines.com
  • “A”  2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Artist Series  brainwines.com
  • “A” 2013 Cornerstone Cellars Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, Artist Series  brainwines.com
  • “A-” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Syrah, Black Label   brainwines.com
  • “A-” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label   brainwines.com
  • 90-92 points “Outstanding” 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, White Label  The Drunken Cyclist
  • 89-91 points “Very good to Outstanding” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, White Label  The Drunken Cyclist  
  • 92-94 points “Outstanding” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label “Wow. From the get-go, this was a blockbuster. Rich red fruit, a bit of earth, and tons of depth in the glass. I do not jump over the moon all that much (at least I think), but this is a rock star. If only I could hold this for another half-dozen years.  The Drunken Cyclist
  • 91-93 points “Outstanding” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Label  The Drunken Cyclist
  • 90-95 points 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet, White Label “Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cherry, plum and tobacco. In the mouth, juicy and bright plum and cherry flavors have a nice cola and cocoa powder high note to them. Fantastic acidity and length. Juicy and very light on its feet. Faint earthy tannins linger in the finish.”   Vinography
  • 91 points 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Label “Lush, smooth and ripe with concentrated plum and cassis;  rich and dense with sweet new oak and spice;  chocolate, licorice and flesh;  long and deep.”  The Tasting Panel Magazine  
  • Between 90 and 95 points “Outstanding” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label “Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of crushed hazelnuts, dried flowers, and dusty farm roads. In the mouth, gorgeously bright cherry, tobacco, cocoa powder, and crushed green herbs have perfect balance, and wonderfully silky texture. Poised, and elegant, with excellent acidity, this is a characterful and delicious rendition of Franc from Napa. Outstanding.”  Vinography
  • Around 90 points “Delicious” 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Label “Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine smells of wet earth, tobacco, and bright cherry fruit. In the mouth, beautifully bright cherry and tobacco flavors mix with cocoa powder and a hint of black licorice as the wine finishes. Excellent acidity and very good length, with notes of dried herbs on the finish. Delicious. Wonderfully light on its feet and eminently drinkable. Faint dusty tannins.”  Vinography
  • Between 90 and 95 points 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label “Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine smells of wonderfully bright cherry and tobacco and cedar notes. In the mouth the wine has a wonderful claret brightness and fantastic acidity, delivering flavors of cherry, crushed green herbs, tobacco, and cedar. Juicy notes of cherry, with hints of fennel seed and wet earth linger in the long finish.”   Vinography
  • Between 90 and 95 points 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label  “Very dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of dusty earth and dark black cherry. In the mouth powdery muscular tannins wrap around a core of black cherry and bing cherry fruit tinged with cedar and cocoa powder. Rich and dark without being overripe or thick. Burly but not fat, this wine will do nicely with a couple of years in the bottle, though it is quite tasty now.”   Vinography
  • Between 90 and 95 points 2010 Cornerstone Cellars "The Cornerstone" Napa Valley Red Blend “Very dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of dusty earth, bright cherry fruit, and wonderful floral notes weaved in between the dark fruit and hints of tobacco. In the mouth violets and licorice mix with dark cherry fruit and gorgeously supple tannins that caress the palate, shifting like a gauzy veil across the face of the bright fruit. The wine has an effortlessness to it that is quite juicy and delicious. There's a stony quality to the wine that is quite compelling.”   Vinography
  • Between 90 and 95 points 2010 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, White Label  “Light ruby in the glass with purple highlights, this wine smells of raspberry and cherry with hints of cedar. In the mouth, wonderfully bright raspberry and cherry flavors have a green herbal note that seems tied to the supple, rippling tannins that firmly grasp the edges of the mouth. Excellent acidity and notes of forest floor and citrus peel linger in the finish.”  Vinography
  • Around 90 points 2011 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Chardonnay, White Label  “Light greenish gold in color, this wine smells a little of the mineral waxiness of Chapstick mixed with lemon pastry cream. In the mouth wonderful grapefruit and cold cream flavors mix with a stony underbelly of the wine that is prickly thanks to excellent acidity. Lean and cool, with a slick silky feel, this wine has a wonderful reserved quality about it.”   Vinography
  • 5 stars, “Excellent” 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label “A ripe, full bodied, and fairly rich Cabernet with plenty of oak character.  It is fleshy in texture and both woody and tannic on the finish, tasting of blackberry jam, cassis, plum, tobacco, and cedar.  Needs some aging.  Excellent.” Restaurant Wine
  • 5 stars, “Excellent” 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label “Supple, tannic, and complex in style;  this is a young, concentrated wine with years of development ahead.  It tastes of plum jam, cherry, toast, cedar, and cassis.  Excellent.”  Restaurant Wine
  • 5 stars, “Excellent” 2011 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, White Label  “Excellent:  a Pinot Noir that is supple, crisp, and intensely flavored, with a very persistent finish.  In aroma/flavor it tastes of cherry, red currant, herbs, kola nut, and vanilla.”  Restaurant Wine
  • 2013 Cornerstone Cellars Corallina Rosé rated 90 points "The 2013 Cornerstone 'Corallina' Rosé brings wonderful aromas and flavors of white peaches, cherry blossoms, vanilla crème, citrus zest and fresh minerals which all come together beautifully. This has a soft creamy texture that gently caresses your palate all the way into the sweet, juicy finish. An absolutely delicious Rosè that will easily win a crowd over. The Syrah was sourced from the Crane Ranch Vineyard on the west side of Napa Valley's Oak Knoll District and was specifically designated for this Rosé."  International Wine Report
  • 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet, Black Label rated 92+ points "The 2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Stepping Stone Cuvée’ is a fantastic showing. It offers wonderful aromas of dark cherries and currants followed by herbs, chocolate, brown sugar, spices and toasted coconut notes, which burst from the glass. This is round and polished with lovely plush texture and fantastic balance. The long, supple finish ends with an encore of dark cherries, herbs and toasted notes that linger on. Composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon: Ink Grade Vineyard, Beatty Ranch (Howell Mountain) Garvey Family Vineyards “Home Ranch”, Rutherford: 12% Merlot Oakville Station, To Kalon. This is a flat out delicious Napa Valley Cabernet that will be approachable early on, but is sure to evolve in the cellar for those willing to wait."  International Wine Report
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars "The Cornerstone" rated 94 points "This wine is massively ripe, with black currant, dark chocolate and anise flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon brings a black currant note and tannic power, Cabernet Franc adds a cherried rich-ness, and Merlot lends a soft, feminine touch. The result is noble, but big, thick tannins call for time in the cellar. Consider opening from 2017, although it will go for a decade or two longer than that."  Wine Enthusiast
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon rated 93 points "Ripe, vivacious black- berry, black currant and oak flavors are folded into complex tannins in this dramatic Cabernet Sauvignon. Blended with 10% Merlot, it’s dry, firm and noble, but severely immature at this stage and will require plenty of bottle age. Give it six more years, at the very least."  Wine Enthusiast
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon rated 92 points "Everything about this Cabernet argues for cellaring. With a little Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it’s enormously complex, with fruit flavors that range from blackberries and cherries to black currants. There’s also a pleasant herbaceous-ness that suggests sweet green peas. The tannins are significant so let it develop bottle complexity till 2016."  Wine Enthusiast
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon "This Cab is dense and dark, with no light coming through it at the midpoint.  The nose is amazing, with blackberry, black currant and a whiff of blueberry holding down the fruit basket.  Spices galore come through in the form of vanilla, clove and nutmeg, with some sandlewood wafting up, too.  The palate is just as lush, with more dark fruit and great spices joined by firm tannins and a riveting acidity. A bit of mocha and cocoa add to a delightful smorgasbord of flavors, while the long finish is satisfying and delicious." NowandZin.com
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "Everything about this wine speaks to elegance, even the clean, dark color; not too dark, and not too dense, it looks like a fine Napa Cab should, in-my-not-so-humble opinion. Bright sweet oak graces perfectly ripened black currant, cassis and blackberry fruit, all underscored with a nice earthiness that I find appealing. Full bodied, yet svelte, with great balance, and structured for several years of development; 10 or more is not at all out of the question. Still, it drinks pretty well already, especially with a grilled, medium rare C. Roy rib eye steak."  GangofPour.com
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon "It should come as no surprise that this is deeper and darker in every way, color, weight and overall profile, than the Napa bottling. Big, burly and in need of a decade or more of cellaring, this is showing a briary note over earthy black currant and a little dark chocolate; it’s not unapproachable with the C. Roy rib eye, but the best choice for this one is extended cellaring. As Cornerstone GM Craig Camp himself put it, “This is a wine born and made to age,” so patience is advised and will be rewarded." GangofPour.com
  • 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc "Deep, dark garnet in color, fading to purple-pink at the rim, with ripe black fruit, sweet oak and a hint of bell pepper on the nose that fleshes out nicely on the palate. The three qualities could detract if excessive, but such is not the case; it comes close, but is ultimately just shy of going over the top. The ripe black currant and cassis fruit has a solid earthy anchor, the oak provides a big kiss, but not a whack of lumber and the bell pepper adds interest and complexity. Full bodied, yet svelte, in that signature Cornerstone style, with plenty of structure for several years of cellaring and development. Tannins and acids are actually a bit burry at this juncture, so give it either extended air now, of better yet, 3-5 years in the cellar. Plenty of potential here!"  GangofPour.com
  • 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc "Here is a "serious" Sauvignon Blanc, made in a style apart from the delicate, pretty approach taken by numerous California producers. Sourced from a single vineyard in St. Helena, this offers aromas of Bosc pear, vanilla and dried flowers. There are oak notes noticeable here, but they are nicely integrated and do not overwhelm. Medium-full to full-bodied, this has a rich mid-palate and a flavorful finish; this has plenty of stuffing and nice texture. This is 14% alcohol, but proprietor Craig Camp tells me that this is a result of the local terroir of this site to ensure proper ripeness. This is a stylistic wine of excellent quality. Enjoy this over the next 2-3 years; this needs very rich seafood such as halibut or swordfish (Camp recommends crab or lobster)." Tom Hyland Wine Blog
  • "Normally I'll write about a wine after tasting for a couple days but today's wine is the exception. Craig Camp, Jeff Keene and Mike Dragusky are creating exceptional wines which express the character of the vineyard and the quality of the grapes. Cornerstone Cellars produces wines they love to drink and you taste their passion in each bottle. Some of the finest Cabernet produced in Napa comes from the folks at Cornerstone." - The Iowa Wino
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Stepping Stone rated 90 points - GOOD VALUE “This so-called “second” wine from the folks at Cornerstone should not be considered as lesser in any way, and, instead of being an inexpensive substitute for its supposedly more accomplished cellarmates, it is a complex, very deep, wonderfully precise Cabernet of fine focus and balance. It is a genuine surprise as well as a remarkable value, and it warrants any search that its finding demands.” Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars “The Cornerstone” rated 93 points “The Cornerstone is a special, individually barrel-selected wine that is meant to showcase the very best that the winery can do, and its mission is met in 2010.” Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon rated 91 points “Each of the new Cornerstone offerings gets good marks for fruity precision and focus. This Howell Mountain bottling shows the tighter structure and more active tannins that its appellation predicts, but it conveys a fine sense of depth and is never limited by its toughness.” Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
  • 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, Stepping Stone "Summertime in a glass, this lovely pink has it all - focus, balance, crisp acidity and delicately rich fruit. Offers notes of raspberry, spice and smoky vanilla." Wine Spectator
  • 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, Stepping Stone "It brings inviting aromas of ripe cherries and strawberry layered with honeydew, papaya and fresh minerals. On this palate it offers a gorgeous round texture that carries over beautifully onto the mouth-watering finish. Delicious. (Drink Now)." International Wine Report
  • 2010 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir rated 92 points "On the palate the wine is deep, pure and beautifully focused, with its full-bodied format quite transparent and light on its feet. The wine shows off a sappy core, ripe, well-integrated tannins, good acids and a very long, nascently complex and most impressive finish. It is still very early days for this lovely bottle of pinot noir, but it seems to have all of the requisite components to age long and gracefully. This was my first taste of a Cornerstone pinot noir and I was very, very impressed. 2020-2045+. 92." View from the Cellar
  • 2010 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir rated 88 points "The 2010 Stepping Stone pinot noir is a very pretty bottle, with lightness of step and a nice juicy succulence to the palate. The color is happily a light ruby red and the wine. Good juice. 2016-2035. 88+." View from the Cellar
  • 2012 Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, Stepping Stone “Nice mix of red berries, strawberries, and a touch of a cranberry bite and citrus zest. Ample acid and mineral/rock notes play and please. Dry, lively fun. Another great wine from Cornerstone.” BrainWines.com
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks! and 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast Red Rocks! “The Stepping Stone Rocks! wines - both an affordable $18 - bring high quality and low price together like they were made to be that way. An everyday wine is good only if you actually want to drink it every day, and these wines certainly cover that base.” NowandZin.com
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks! “You know from many of my previous posts how much I enjoy these everyday sippers from Stepping Stone. Crisp, vibrant fruit which is versatile to serve with dinner or as a conversation juice with friends on the patio. The 2012 is just flat out delicious.” The Iowa Wino
  • 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast Red Rocks! Each vintage has a different flair and character which is what I enjoy most. The Iowa Wino
  • 2003 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 90+ Points "This mountain-styled, surprisingly powerful, impressive Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding example of Howell Mountain viticulture." Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks! and 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast Red Rocks! named co-Beverage of the Week. “These are the ultimate house wines for true wine lovers. Both wines are remarkably versatile marrying well with most any summer fare while needing nothing more than a glass.” Rated 4 stars - Exceptional. BevX.com
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Syrah, Stepping Stone 90 Points - A Good Value “ A good deal of refinement that makes it one of the better Syrah values to be had.” Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks! and 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast Red Rocks! “On the red, I got big notes of red fruits – both stone fruit and berries, spiciness and a juicy mouth feel when drinking this wine. It was perfect with my husband’s grilled steak but didn’t overwhelm my grilled fish. The white was crisp and great for outdoor patio weather. The wine had lots of fruitiness with notes of floral, tropical fruit, apple and pear.” Dallaswinechick.com
  • 2010 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone “The flagship wine from Cornerstone Cellars, a highly regarded Yountville winery, hits the palate gently, opens up with ripe dark berries, and finishes with a seductive softness.” Wineandfoodworld.com
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé “It’s another tremendous example of top shelf new world Rosé. It’s totally dry and loaded with engaging fruit and spice flavors. Most importantly perhaps it seductively keeps drawing you back to the glass for additional sips. Before long the entire bottle is gone. If you love dry Rosé, as I do, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on this wine.” Gabe’s View Wine Blog
  • 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast Red Rocks! “The 2011 Stepping Stone Rocks North Coast Red is also a secret blend of Napa Valley red grape varietals….all blended into a masterpiece red wine that you could be proud to serve on any dinner table!” D’Vine Wine Time Blog
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks! “A phenomenal white wine with endless possibilities of food pairings and even better on its own!” D’Vine Wine Time Blog
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé “This true rosé wine looks pretty and pink in the glass, with not too deep a shade. Corallina’s nose is as fragrant as a garden. There are herbal accents, but the focus is on the fruit salad aromas that come forth.” Now and Zin Wine Blog
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé “This is no ordinary Rosé. Cornerstone is very serious about making Rosé and it shows in the color of the wine and flavor profile. This Rosé is fresh and vibrant; definitely worthy of a place in your cellar. Corallina will make the perfect accompaniment to picnics, lazy days by the pool, parties, or for no reason but to enjoy a delightful glass of Rosé. This is a very versatile wine. It will pair with many different foods or perfect to enjoy on its own.” My Fabulous World in Wine
  • 90 Points 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley “($65) Inky ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Plush and open-knit, with very good back-end power and sneaky smoke and tobacco nuances. Closes sweet and long, with smooth tannins making a late appearance.” Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
  • 91 Points 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain “($80) (includes 5% merlot): Glass-staining ruby. Sexy oak-spiced aromas of dark berry compote, sassafras and vanilla, with a smoky overtone. Stains the palate with sweet black and blue fruit flavors that pick up an exotic floral pastille quality on the back half. Finishes sweet, smoky and long, with slow-building tannins and a kick of peppery spices and minerals.” Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
  • 92 Points 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon The Cornerstone Napa Valley “($125) Inky purple. A powerfully scented bouquet displays scents of dark berry liqueur, cherry pit, pipe tobacco and cedar, with a sexy vanilla undertone. Broad and chewy on the palate, offering intense, smoke-accented cassis and bitter cherry flavors and subtle florality. Closes with firm tannic grip and excellent persistence, leaving Indian spice and cherry notes behind.” Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
  • 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon This Cabernet Sauvignon is another masterpiece by talented winemaker, Jeff Keene. With every wine that I taste by Cornerstone Cellars, I am always delighted at the high quality and certain level of care that is put into crafting each wine. My Fabulous World in Wine
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé “Gorgeous raspberry and wild strawberry scents burst from the glass with the same incredible intensity the acidity has on the palate. Juicy, ripe strawberry and red currant flavors dance delightfully along the taste buds. That being said, the painting featured on the label is called “Wine Dance”, by artist Janet Ekholm; the joyous energy it evokes and its bright colors match what’s inside the bottle perfectly. It might make you feel like dancing!” Sip Swirl Savor Wine Blog
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé 92 points. “This is a great homage to a Southern French rosé.” James The Wine Guy
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé "Score: Cornerstone will tell you that this a serious rosé. I agree. A solid 88." Stay Rad Wine Blog
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé “On the nose the rush of wild strawberries and vanilla cream treat your senses. Fresh cut wild flowers with hints of dried herbs and cinnamon on each swirl. Just as the label is entitled "Wine Dance", I picture myself celebrating in the vineyard with each little sniff.” The Iowa Wino Wine Blog
  • 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks! “Score: This is a fun wine. It’s got a great balance of fruit, mineral, and acid. It’s a solid 89 for me, and well worth your 18 dollars.” Stay Rad Wine Blog
  • 90 Points 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Chardonnay Willamette Valley
, Oregon, Willamette Valley, 
Light gold. Pears, golden apple and a hint of lime on the nose. Creamy mouthfeel, showing rich texture and generous flavors of yellow and green apples. Toast, hazelnut and butter flavors add complexity but remain secondary. This shows a lot of intensity and depth. Terroirist
  • I have to point out the great wines of Cornerstone and Stepping Stone that continue to impress me with well done, small production wines. Dallas Wine Chick.com
  • 93 Points 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "Score: Fantastic! It’s not often that I refer to a $65 bottle of wine as a steal, but this wine can go toe-to-toe with the best of them." Stay Rad Wine Blog
  • 92+ Points 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “The 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 immediately hits you with a blast of sweet dark currant and blackberry fruit before it brings in the secondary notes of spice, anise, mocha, herbs and a touch of lightly toasted oak. Full and generous with round polished tannins and a delicious supple spice-tinged finish” International Wine Report
  • 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - “For more than two decades, Cornerstone Cellars has been obsessed with making world-class cabernet sauvignons, and this Howell Mountain cabernet is no exception. Dark fruit notes laced with cinnamon, forest floor and sweet cocoa made this wine a clear winner” 
    St. Helena Star
  • 92 Points Cornerstone Oregon, Willamette Valley Chardonnay “In Oregon, there has been an ongoing discussion for several years now about what the definitive style for Willamette Valley Chardonnay should be. Some producers up here gave up on Chardonnay years ago and just replaced it with Pinot Gris or Germanic varietals. Cornerstone has produced a style of wine with this vintage that should become the benchmark example of what Oregon Chardonnay should be. Enobytes
  • “While I enjoy the Cornerstone line, I have to say the quality-price ratio of Stepping Stone is hard to beat”
    Wine and Good Food
  • 91 Points - 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "A beautiful nose of fresh raspberries and blackberries" Terroirist.com
  • 90 Points - 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast Red Rocks! "Very impressive, not to mention delicious" International Wine Report
  • 2010 Cornerstone Oregon, Willamette Valley Chardonnay “ this beauty of a Chardonnay is extremely well balanced and has a lingering finish that keeps you hooked and in love, it’s actually quite…sexy. Yes, sexy. And, I’ve never said that about any other wine, but the word just comes to mind while savoring this ambrosial, polished beauty”.  Wine Julia
  • 90 Points "The 2010 Cornerstone Oregon Chardonnay serves up pretty aromas of poached pears, tropical fruits, citrus zest as well as some smoky minerals and warm buttery oak. Crisp and bright on the palate with a beautiful sleek texture backed by a nice touch of acidity which leaves your mouth watering." The International Wine Report
  • 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir “To get a beautiful, seamless, elegant Pinot Noir of this quality for only thirty bucks is a treat” Back to Bakus A Sommelier's Guide to Food and Wine
  • 92 Points - 2010 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir “Here’s what I love about Pinot Noir.  It’s so subtle…  It’s so reserved…  But… It’s so complex… If you take the time to think about it.  This effort from Cornerstone Oregon is a shining example of how great Pinot Noir can be.  I love this wine.  92 points (I gave the 2009 vintage of this wine a 91+)” Stay Rad Wine Blog
  • 2010 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir “Luscious, juicy and elegant, the finish is long with incredibly silky, smooth tannins. Extremely well balanced and positively enjoyable, this is so my kind of Pinot. I absolutely love it! Wine Julia
  • 92 Points - The 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers beautiful notes of fresh blackberries and black cherries backed by secondary notes of mocha, dried herbs, anise and even pretty floral making an appearance. It's followed up by a gorgeous smooth and soft texture with plush round tannins and a mouth-watering finish. This is a delicious Cabernet with no hard edges and should provide drinking pleasure for years to come. International Wine Report
  • “4 Stars Exceptional” 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Of course Cornerstone is known for their tremendous, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. The Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cabernet is a different animal. It's subtle, complex, and restrained while offering great balance and relatively moderate alcohol. Most of all it's made for the dinner table” BevX.com
  • The Stepping Stone Rocks! bottlings are the least expensive wines in Cornerstone’s lineup, but deliver the kind of high quality that we’ve come to expect from them. Cornerstone GM Craig Camp and Winemaker Jeff Keene are under no constraints to follow a set recipe for these blends. Gang of Pour
  • 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “Finally, if there’s a better $35 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon than this one out there I want to taste it” Gang of Pour
  • “Among this line of wines are two blends, known as “Rocks!”. Stepping Stone North Coast Rocks! White and Red. They sell for $18 each and simply put…TERRIFIC!” Divine Wine Time
  • “Another thing I have learned about Craig, which I am sure every winemaker strives for,  is the strive for perfection” Swirl TV
  • “My first impulse in filing this report was to preface my notes by saying that the wines from Cornerstone Cellars just keep getting better and better. Then, I looked at our report from last January and noticed that I said the same thing then. At least my impressions are consistent. The truth of the matter is that pretty much all of Cornerstone’s wines are eminently drinkable and downright delicious, from the top shelf Napa and Willamette bottlings right on through the more moderately priced Stepping Stone by Cornerstone offerings.”  Gang of Pour
  • 2009 Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of brown sugar, raspberries and cedar. In the mouth, the wine offers strong raspberry flavors with juicy acidity and a hint of earth to keep the wine from being too fruit driven. Long finish. Very pretty. Cost: $50 Rating 90 to 95 points. Vinography
  • @WineORL: I am just saying that @CraigCamp is one of the most savvy and visible winemakers on Twitter
  • "Classic 95" Points - 2009 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - "A beautifully perfumed nose of wild berries and cherry lead to robust flavors of dark berry and hazelnut, cherry, raspberry and cassis offered up with a brightness that is perfectly balanced by silky tannins. The finish is plush with impeccable balance and length. "
    - The Wine Insiders
  • 91 points - 2010 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - Bright ruby-red.  Heady aromas of red and dark berry preserves, cola, potpourri and star anise, with a smoky overtone.  Sweet and focused, offering energetic black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and a bracing note of orange zest.  Leaves spice and cherry compote notes behind on the long, sappy, incisive finish. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • 91 Points - 2009 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - Vivid ruby-red.  Intense, spice-accented aromas of candied dark berries and cherry, with a floral nuance gaining strength with air.  Juicy, penetrating blackberry and star anise flavors are given depth by a touch of vanilla and show a supple, seamless quality.  Closes on a sweet note, with fine-grained tannins adding grip and shape.  Veteran winemaker Tony Rynders is at the helm here. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • 91 Points - 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé - On the nose, an amazingly rich, juicy rosé that smells like the flesh of freshly bit strawberries, raspberries, and cherries, with a hint of lemon rind and lees. The palate is full, serious, balanced, and delicious. Terroirist Blog
  • 90 Points - 2011 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé -  To the Eye: Vibrant Salmon Pink On The Nose: Complex aromatics, aided by a long slow, cold fermentation in stainless. There is an immediate richness on the nose, that at first its sweetness reminds me of a French oak barrel, but takes on a sweeter, fresh strawberries and whipped cream note, along with spice, lemon zest.In the Mouth: Complex creamy texture, from 5 months aging in used French oak. A myriad of bright cherry, cranberry combined the acidity and creamy texture, supported by some structure and tannins, not common in a Rosé. This is a complex Rosé that simply screams for a food pairing to go along with its many nuances. Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog
  • 93 Points 2009 Cornerstone Cellars, The Cornerstone, Napa Valley “There is a certain sense of crafting and seamlessness to this very good wine’s fit of many parts and right from the start it shows more sophistication. It is a wine clearly meant for the cellar. Wait for five years at least, ten if you have the patience.”
    Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
  • 88 points 2009 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “Cornerstone’s least pricey Cabernet Sauvignon is anything but a simple, entry-level effort, and its combination of rich oak, deep, well-ripened fruit makes it the equal of a good many far more expensive wines” Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines
  • 91 Points  2009 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir “Ripe and round, but ultimately balanced, offering dark berry, currant and toast flavors that mingle effortlessly on the finish. The Wine Spectator
  • At BevX we first reviewed the great Wines from Cornerstone Cellars in 2009. Each year since our introduction we greatly anticipated the latest  releases. Nine wines later from multiple vintages have convinced us that Cornerstone Cellars is truly among Napa and California’s elite Cabernet and Cabernet blend producers. The constant supply (albeit a very modest number of cases) of rich, complex, and multifaceted wines never fail to delight our panels. In fact each wine encountered from Cornerstone Cellars has earned at least four out of five stars. These great age worthy wines are surely the pride of each cellar lucky enough to hold them.
  • “Supreme” 5 Stars 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “Deepest, darkest ruby red veering toward purple. The nose is explosive and complex with aromatics of blackberry, black cherry, cassis, and plum with accents of mineral, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and leather. The palate is in full agreement with the nose offering layers of fruit and spice. The texture is near perfection being lush while vibrant with balancing acid. Great structure with incredible length leading to a finish with chewy tannins and deft oak notes. Fans of bold Napa Cabernets who have not experienced the great Cornerstone Cabernets need to get on the bandwagon now.” BevX.com
  • “Exceptional” 4 Stars 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon BevX.com
  • “Exceptional” 4 Stars 2009 Cornerstone Cellars, The Cornerstone, Napa Valley BevX.com
  • “Today managing partner Craig Camp (a wine biz veteran and consummate professional) along with winemaker Jeff Keene have propelled Cornerstone Cellars to the top-tier of California wineries” BevX.com
     
  • 91 points 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc “Fresh and fairly sleek, racy aromas featuring an intriguing mix of lemon peel, pine forest, wisps of honeysuckle and light nuances of smoked tea leaves and fresh herbs separate this wine from the pack, and the supple yet balanced feel on the palate and the bright flavors that follow second the notion. Because this wine is so full of flavor, it suggests that it might also be over-sized, but such is not the case and what one gets is depth without the kind of excess that too often accompanies it. Pair this one with richer salmon or lobster dishes.” Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines
     
  • Palate Press Wine of the Year 2011: 2007 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
     
  • 2009 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  “Flavors of dark berry and hazelnut are offered up with a vibrant acidity that is balanced by well-integrated tannins. The finish is plush, pleasant and long enough to make this a memorable wine...I would get it soon because this one will not be around for long” Enobytes
     
  • “The more wines we taste from Cornerstone Cellars in the Napa and Willamette Valleys, the more we admire the great work they do.” Gang of Pour
     
  • 2009 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir “A beautiful wine that shows impeccable balance...an All-American for 2012” PinotFile
     
  • 91 Points 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon “Smoke, tar, menthol, new leather and black fruit are some of the many nuances that emerge from this beautiful, powerful mountain Cabernet Sauvignon” Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
     
  • 90 Points Cornerstone Oregon is a collaboration with Craig Camp and Oregon winemaker Tony Rynders of Domaine Serene.  They will be sharing a winery with Rynders just outside of Gaston.  2008 Cornerstone Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir :  (13.9%).  A perfumed and impressively complex nose features notes of ripe black cherry, raspberry, cassis and briar.  There is a lush, even suave mouth feel to the rich and round medium-bodied flavors that possess an abundance of dry extract on the dusty and balanced finish.  This is a ripe ’08 but by no means over the top.  90/2013+ Burghound
     
  • Then I taste something like the 2010 Stepping Stone “Corallina” and I get excited about drinking rosé all over again. Highly recommended” NorCal Wine
     
  • Corallina Syrah Rosé "great structure, impressive for a California rosé Am I fan? YES! This is highly recommended rosé to go out and buy right now” Beau’s Barrel Room
     
  • “Cornerstone Cellars never ceases to amaze me on how they consistently produce high quality, delicious wines.”
    My Fabulous World in Wine
     
  • “The 2009 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is something to get excited about” Wine and Food
     
  • Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé St. Helena Star Wine of the Week
     
  • “I highly recommend this wine” Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé
    My Fabulous World in Wine.
     
  • “The Stepping Stone Riesling is simply beautiful” Now and Zin.com
     
  • “Exceptional” 4 Stars 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Cuveé Musque, BevX.com
     
  • “Exceptional” 4 Stars 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, BevX.com
     
  • 96 Points, “Classic”, 2007 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon The Wine Insiders
     
  • “This is by far one of my favorite Napa Valley Cabernets. Cornerstone Cellars has done a beautiful job in producing such an intense, yet elegant Cabernet. They continue to impress me with their wines.”
    My Fabulous World in Wine
     
  • “The bottom line is that Cornerstone Cellars continues to turn out vintage after vintage of classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.” Gabe’s View on Wines
     
  • “And so it was with great anticipation that we took possession of two review samples of ’07 Cabernet Sauvignon from Cornerstone Cellars, a producer for whom we gain increasing respect for every time we try their wares.”
    Gang of Pour
     
  • “A poster child of Napa Mountain Cabernet.” BevX.com
     
  • 5 Stars “Supreme” 2007 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. BevX.com
     
  • 4 Stars “Exceptional” 2007 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. BevX.com
     
  • 93 Points 2005 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Snooth
     
  • 94 Points 2004 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Snooth
     
  • 90 Points 2008 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Snooth
     
  • 90 Points 2008 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
     
  • 90 Points 2008 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
     
  • 2008 Cornerstone Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, “All American”. PinotFile
     
  • “Finding a wine producer I really like is heartening. Then when I see them replicating quality over a number of vintages it takes things to a new level. Cornerstone Cellars in Napa is such a producer.” Gabe’s View on Wines
     
  • 90 Points “Editor’s Choice”, 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The Wine Enthusiast
     
  • 90 Points Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc. The Wine Enthusiast
     
  • Palate Press Wine of the Week 2005 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
     
  • 92 Points 2008 Cornerstone Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Robert Parker’s, The Wine Advocate
     
  • Top Napa Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The Chicago Tribune
     
  • 93 Points 2008 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Atlanta’s Fine Wine Connection
     
  • 92 Points 2008 Cornerstone Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The Portland Oregonian-Oregon LIve.com
     
  • 91 Points 2006 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The Wine Spectator
     
  • 90 points 2007 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Robert Parker’s, the Wine Advocate
     
  • “Powerful, and complex in exactly this way. Like the Cabs of the Right Bank in Bordeaux, once you have tasted an excellent example, there is a sense of place that exemplifies the best wine unique to that region. Cornerstone Cellars is one of the wineries that exemplifies that for Napa.” Another Wine Blog
     
  • “The name Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars kept popping up in my never-ending search for exceptional wines; constant reminders via social media like Twitter and Facebook give wineries a reach out to their customer.”
    Style Magazine