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Cornerstone Cellars

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September 3, 2013 | Reviews | Cellar Blog

Top Reviews from Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

90 Points STEPPING STONE by Cornerstone Napa Valley 2010

93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot. 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 held back a bit by its youthful tightness, but it is exceptionally well-structured with seamlessly fit tannins and is certain to grow for years. It is a genuine surprise as well as a remarkable value, and it warrants any search that its finding demands. GOOD VALUE $35

93 Points CORNERSTONE The Cornerstone Napa Valley 2010

82% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 7% Cabernet Franc. “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. Optimally ripened, very deep and long on layered richness with a fine interplay of cherries, cassis, rich loamy soils and judiciously applied oak, it conveys a great sense of confidence and fruity drive yet still seems to be holding much in reserve.  It is a sturdy and serious young Cabernet, but it is never severe, and it has all the pieces in place to gradually grow into a most memorable wine if allowed to rest for a half-dozen years. $150

91 Points CORNERSTONE Howell Mountain Napa Valley 2010

10% Merlot. Each of the new Cornerstone offerings gets good marks for fruity precision and focus, and each one sports a fair measure of root-beer-like sweetness from its ample oak. 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. It wants a couple more years in the cellar than most of its mates, and we anticipate maturity in a decade or so. $80


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@ Oct 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM
Great reviews. I think this will be a good guide for wine tasters.

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