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Cornerstone Cellars

Craig Camp
April 13, 2015 | Craig Camp

It’s Black and White. Two Labels, One Vision.

Black and white normally seem like night and day, but not at Cornerstone Cellars. Here they are just two sides of the same coin. Over the last few vintages we have been evolving towards our winemaking vision. These things take time as you need to work with vineyards over several vintages to truly know them. We are now ready to take the next step with our White Label wines and part of that next step is our Cornerstone Cellars Black Label wines.

Moving forward from the 2013 vintage our White Label wines will be made from an elite set of extraordinary vineyards and will carry those names on their labels. Also, our White Label Wines will expand to include merlot, cabernet franc and syrah single vineyard wines. Our Cornerstone Cellars Black Label wines will be exceptional expressions of the art of blending as we select barrels from our best vineyards and blend them to achieve wines of great harmony, balance and seductive personalities. They will be ready for you to enjoy as soon as we release them, but will improve in the bottle over the next three to five years. Our Black Label wines are what you drink while patiently waiting for our White Label wines to grow up.

I don’t think we could have picked a better vintage than 2012 to introduce our Cornerstone Cellars Black Label wines as it is a classic vintage with great concentration and depth. Our 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label is our first ever 100% cabernet franc as normally we blend our Bordeaux varieties. While this wine is one hundred percent cabernet franc, it is still a blend. We have combined fruit from three exceptional vineyards for our Black Label Cabernet Franc and each of them add something special: our Oakville Station Vineyard in To Kalon adds depth, power and a velvety texture; the Talcott Vineyard in St. Helena gives structure and richness; the Carrefour Vineyard in Coombsville brings lift, freshness and classic cabernet franc aromatics. Together they create something very, very special.

Equally exciting is our 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Label, which is already racking up 90+ point scores. This blend of 92% cabernet sauvignon, 5.5% merlot and 2.5% cabernet franc created a gentle and harmonious wine exhibiting a fresh, vibrant nose, generously laced with rich red and blackberry fruit and subtle barrel spices with a touch of savory dried herbs to add further nuance and complexity. A youthful, energetic, high-toned palate reveals a deep core of layered berry fruits broadening further to uncover depth and velvety tannins that flow seamlessly, growing in volume. It’s drinking beautifully now and with all its elegance and finesse this enthusiastic wine will grow and evolve and become even more delicious.

- Craig Camp


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