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Cornerstone Cellars

Howell Mountain Vertical
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Howell Mountain Vertical

A never before released three-bottle vertical of the varietal and region that inspired Mike Dragutsky to found Cornerstone Cellars in 1991. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain continues to be our flagship wine, with only four to five barrels bottled each vintage.

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SKU: GS20HOL02

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

The 2014 vintage shows classic Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of ripe blackberries, cocoa, and some delicate minerality. As the wine opens up, additional notes of crushed rock, pomegranate, and cedar emerge. The complexity continues on the palate with ripe fruit, evolving into dark cocoa, leather, and spice, all wrapped in a subtle layer of sweet toasty oak.

Production: 100 cases

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Acclaim: not submitted

Cellaring: Enjoy 2020 through 2035

 

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

2015 was an extraordinary vintage that fully expresses Cabernet Sauvignon from this famed, high elevation site. The wine is packed with complex aromas of ripe blackberries, cocoa, and some delicate minerality, uncovering layers of plum, ripe black berry, cassis, and crushed rock. Complex on the palate, ripe concentrated fruit leads the way, evolving into mocha, cedar, leather, and spice, with hints of French oak. Bold and extracted, elegant, and refined.

Production: 100 cases

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Acclaim: 92 points, Wine Enthusiast

Cellaring: Enjoy 2020 through 2040

 

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

On the first swirl, the 2016 vintage will start to release the chocolate, spice, nutmeg, cedar, and all of the expressive blue and black fruit aromas. Another swirl will liberate the complex layers of black licorice and cassis. The first sip is round, soft, and amazingly approachable at this young age, it’s hard to believe this is 100% mountain fruit. The luscious texture explodes with bright ripe summer fruit, dark chocolate with just a hint of sweet vanilla. Supple tannins on the finish are youthful yet integrated, demonstrating that this wine is in it for the long haul.

Production: 120 cases

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Acclaim: 94 points, Wilfred Wong, Wine.com

              93 points, Wine Enthusiast

              92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

Cellaring: Enjoy 2020 through 2040