Saturday, January 23, 2016
2012 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Michael's Cuvee White Label
The wines of Cornerstone Cellars vintage after vintage are some of the finest crafted in the Napa Valley. Working with many superb vineyards in the area allows Cornerstone to make their wines from some of the very best fruit available.
Which comes to today's wine the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Michael's Cuvee. "Michael’s Cuvée is named for founder Dr. Michael Dragutsky, whose spirit and passion have fueled Cornerstone Cellars since our founding in 1991" says Cornerstone. A beautiful wine consisting of 91% Cabernet and 9% Merlot. The juice came from grapes in the following vineyards Oakville Station Vineyard 57%, Kairos Vineyard in Oak Knoll 28% and 9% from the Ink Grade Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Priced at $75, this wine will age and grow over the next 10 + years. I would love to re-taste in 10.
The moment this wine hit the glass the aromas intertwine with each other giving you a sense of richness and elegance. Dark luscious blackberry with hints of raspberry and cherry followed by a faint plum note. Cloves, fresh vanilla bean and toasty barrel spice. Pour a glass and sniff the wine at intervals and watch how amazing this wine is as it opens over time.
The mouth resembles the richness of the aromatics. The black fruit showcases the taste and then there is this splash of red juicy berry highlighting the wine. Flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, red raspberry with a touch of plum and the faintest hint of blueberry. The spice complimented by creamy vanilla and a subtle tannin finish, bring both balance and complexity. A special Cabernet indeed!
Make sure you stop by for a visit with Craig and the fine folks at Cornerstone Cellars and pick up your favorites after a sip or 2.