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Cornerstone Cellars

2009 The Cornerstone
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Bottling Date
July 2011
Stephen Tanzer's

2009 The Cornerstone

93 Points “There is a certain sense of crafting and 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

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Wine Profile
"($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
Production 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 harvest 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 balanced with good acidity and alcohol levels.
Winemaker Notes
Explosive aromas of dark fruits draw you to this generous, richly textured wine. Black cherries, black currants and an exotic array of spices, dried herbs with nuances of cocoa and dusty earth. The wine has incredible density with a broad tannin structure balanced harmoniously with the acid. A long expansive finish completes the experience with an incredible blend of power and finesse. While offering immediate gratification, the patient among us will be rewarded as this wine possess an amazing potential to age.
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