Saturday, February 28, 2015

2012 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Franc Black Label Napa Valley

  *Sample Received*

The 2012 growing season in the Napa Valley was in many ways grape friendly, with ideal growing and ripening conditions. Warm sun followed by cool nights, just what these grapes demanded to ensure even ripening to produce spectacular aromas and flavors. Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Franc might just be the closest juice to perfect that I have tasted in this varietal. 

The glass releases an abundance of fresh ripe red berries with a touch of sweet spice. Allow the wine to open and black tea with woodsy herbs, wild violets and a hint of tobacco. Elegant aromas with a sophisticated character.

The mouth is superb with wild raspberry and splashes of blackberry. Hints of plum, a touch of blueberry circled by a light cassis and finishing with a soft leathery oak nuance. One thinks bold when they hear Cabernet but Cabernet Franc is more feminine both rich and silky smooth. For Cabernet Franc lovers this wine is a must.

The wine was aged in French Bordeaux oak barrels for 18 months 50% which were new. The grapes were harvested from 3 vineyards Oakville Station, Talcott Vineyard and Carrefour Vineyard with 933 cases produced.

Stop by Cornerstone Cellars today and taste their portfolio of outstanding wines.


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