2011 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Elegance and balance best describes the wines from the Cornerstone Cellars style this vintage. Numerous challenges were provided to viticulturists and winemakers throughout the 2011 vintage. What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into June that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set. The mild, steady warmth of the summer months lacked any significant temperature spikes allowing the fruit to ripen slowly, but uniformly with fantastic flavor development. Unusually cool and wet weather returned September and October pushing the vintage even later, but we were rewarded in the end with weeks of amazing weather that provided needed ripening time. The commitment to quality runs deep in this valley so with our patience and the precision farming of our fantastic growers we were rewarded once again with elegant, well balanced wines.
The 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, White Label articulates the intense, powerful character of the appellation while maintaining a balanced harmony of fruit, acidity and tannin structure carried over an opulent palate. Deep, intense aromas fill the glass with notes of blueberry, ripe plum, fresh violet, sweet baking spice with a hint of dark chocolate mocha leaping forth. A rich burst of sweet, ripe berry fruit greets the palate exploding into complex flavors of currants, blueberry, anise and cocoa with an intense core of cassis. Voluptuous and rich, the layered mouthfeel is well integrated with a full tannin structure and a freshness not often found in Howell Mountain Cabernet, seamlessly flowing to a long, flavorful, vibrant finish.