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Cornerstone Cellars

2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain
Bottling Date
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Robert Parker
Stephen Tanzer's

2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points: many nuances emerge from this beautiful, powerful mountain Cabernet Sauvignon” Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

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/ 750 ml
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our 2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is abundant in fragrant, ever-changing aromatics of concentrated dark fruit notes laced with cinnamon, forest floor and sweet cocoa. The palate is awakened with a full-bodied richness and texture giving a layered mouthfeel balanced with a lifted acidity. Lingering, complex tannins broaden out the finish to display the formidable structure and power of this Cabernet Sauvignon. Although quite approachable now, bottle ageing will further develop the bouquet and complexity. This wine possess immense concentration and power while retaining sublime elegance and will continue to age superbly over the next two decades.
"($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
Vineyard Notes
An organically certified vineyard located on the eastern side of Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1800 feet. At this elevation with its steep slopes and volcanic tufa soils, root growth is restricted resulting in Ink Grade Vineyard’s hallmark small berries with intense fruit flavors, structure and robust tannins that makes wines from this vineyard so unique. To further enhance this wines incredibly rich layers of complexity a precise addition of our elegant Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon was made, balanced with a little lift from our Carneros Merlot which brings a unique harmony and adds even more depth and complexity.
Winemaker Notes
Have you heard that every year is the same here in the Napa Valley? Don’t you believe it! After the drama of the 2008 vintage with its roller coaster of weather-related challenges, we enjoyed a remarkably mild, blissfully uneventful 2009 growing season. That is until “Mother Nature” tossed us a curveball mid-October. We had the heaviest rainfall since the early 80’s. This caused some concern, but for the most part, the tough-skinned, loose-clustered varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon weathered the storm. Beautiful Indian summer weather followed the rainy, humid conditions, allowing the grapes to reach optimum maturity. Presence of forward, bright fruit flavors with varietal character and phenological ripeness of the tannins was achieved without excessive ripeness. The corresponding wines have beautiful ripe fruit aromatics and flavors and are impeccably
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