Thursday, January 2, 2014
2010 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Normally I'll write about a wine after tasting for a couple days but today's wine is the exception. Craig Camp, Jeff Keene and Mike Dragusky are creating exceptional wines which express the character of the vineyard and the quality of the grapes. Cornerstone Cellars produces wines they love to drink and you taste their passion in each bottle. Some of the finest Cabernet produced in Napa comes from the folks at Cornerstone.
The nose bursts with dark rich fruit of blackberries followed by fresh raspberries. Aromatics of currants, molasses and dark chocolate with a hint of smokey oak. Allowing the wine to open in the glass yields a wonderful blueberry aroma. Sophisticated and elegant.
The rich character transfers over to the mouth with the blueberry and blackberry followed by spicy currant. Love the finishing layers of raspberry and sweet molasses followed by a hint of dark cocoa. The complexity is so pleasing to the palate and the layers flow well together. Paired with sirloin filets and then sipped by the fire, the wine was perfect.
Whether you're stopping in Yountville or Gaston, each tasting room promises to treat you with a friendly knowledgeable staff ready to spoil you. Relax and sit for a spell while you drink the wines of Cornerstone.