2012 Napa Valley Syrah
With grapes sourced from the sweeping, uplifted valley appellation of Atlas Peak this traditionally made Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Syrah, Black Label, is all at once luscious, elegant and exuberant with an enchanting color and exotic aromas.
Located high in the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley, a perfect site for syrah, this mountainous terrain with rocky well drained soils and high elevation gives a wine that exhibits mountain intensity, purity, focus, a lush, rich tannin structure and intense minerality.
What a fantastic 2012 vintage! Mother Nature had the widest of grins she could muster upon the Napa Valley, blessing us with absolutely fantastic growing and ripening conditions. A classic vintage, picture perfect, where it seemed every aspect of the season was in harmony. A steady parade of glorious, warm sunny days and cool nights allowed the fruit to enjoy long even ripening to develop optimally ripe aromas and flavors with perfect balance and elegance. What a breath of fresh air these conditions bring.
This limited production vintage is sure to excite and thrill your senses. Haunting aromatics of sweet red cherry and blueberry, vibrant florals of violet and lavender, dried herbs, smoked meat and a touch of black licorice provide an array of glass filling layers to tantalize the senses. The wine hits the palate, showy and strong, rich and lively with dark cherry, blueberry and savory notes of licorice, smoked meat and lavender with hints of barrel spice to invigorate the taste buds. A terrific full-bodied texture with expressive sensational purity, the finish lingering, palate coating and beautifully balanced. Braised meat dishes will make a fun accompaniment right now, but be patient, this wine will gain in depth and complexity.