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Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Beatty Ranch 2004

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Cabernet grapes for this powerful Napa Valley Cabernet were harvested from a hillside vineyard on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley on September 10, 2004. To create a particularly distinctive, complex wine, a blend of Clones 6 and 4 were co-fermented for 14 days on skins, and then aged in French oak barrels (70% new) for 22 months before bottling. Slightly more precocious than the Howell Mountain Cabernet bottling, the Napa Valley Cabernet shows very forward aromatics redolent of dark cherries and blackberries, with just the right notes of pipe tobacco and dark chocolate. Displaying a plush, velvety texture, the Cabernet shows its fresh, berry-driven appeal from start to finish. While youthful, bright and balanced for aging, the Napa Valley is vibrant in the glass, accessible and drinking very well now. 706 cases produced in 750ml formats. Months in barrel: 22 months

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Cornerstone Cellars:
Cornerstone is celebrating our 17th vintage making only concentrated, collectible Napa Valley red wines. We are pleased to offer two extraordinary bottlings of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Howell Mountain and Napa Valley. Cornerstone Cellars is dedicated to crafting exceptional Napa Valley wines and our true cornerstone is our wine. By choosing to make our wines in a collective facility we a... Read more
Cornerstone is celebrating our 17th vintage making only concentrated, collectible Napa Valley red wines. We are pleased to offer two extraordinary bottlings of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Howell Mountain and Napa Valley. Cornerstone Cellars is dedicated to crafting exceptional Napa Valley wines and our true cornerstone is our wine. By choosing to make our wines in a collective facility we are helping make a smaller carbon footprint in the Napa Valley. We believe this collective model is the future of small, environmentally aware estates. We have focused all our efforts, attention and investments in a quest to produce wines that challenge the very best in the world. We take pride in creating distinctive, character-filled wines that equal and often exceed the quality of the most sought after and collectible wines in the world. We invite and relish comparisons of our wines with bottles that often cost hundreds of dollars more. Our quest has been to find the finest Napa Valley vineyard sources for our fruit and one of the world's finest winemakers, Celia Masyczek. At no time are any shortcuts taken in trying to achieve our ultimate goal, exciting and profound Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Utilizing Celia's almost three decades of Napa Valley experience, the wines of Cornerstone are crafted from a range of superlative vineyard sites. In our two wines, Howell Mountain and our Napa Valley Cabernet, we have given her the opportunity to work with the full palette of Napa vineyards to create wines that are uniquely Cornerstone. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Beatty Ranch

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,763
4.50 5
10/12/2010

Soft, dark and lightly minty with a tight, slow to open core of black fruit. That shows of flashes of subtle herbs coffee and sweet currant preserves. Cool and compact on entry with super balance and lovely flavors of black cherry preserves, tobacco, earth, baking spices and mocha tones. The finish is long and the tannins begin to become obvious but this is so well balanced and packed with fruit that it’s easy to see how this will evolve. Almost supple today this really expresses unusual finesse for a Howell mountain cab. 94pts


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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.50 5
10/09/2010

Very rich and dense. Subtle green rtones on the edge of the taste. Very nice warm oak notes: vanilla. Chocolate and intense liquorish on the finish. Anise on the nose.


Snooth User: jacket88
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5.00 5
09/20/2010

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Cabernet grapes for this powerful Napa Valley Cabernet were harvested from a hillside vineyard on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley on September 10, 2004. To create a particularly distinctive, complex wine, a blend of Clones 6 and 4 were co-fermented for 14 days on skins, and then aged in French oak barrels (70% new) for 22 months before bottling. Slightly more precocious than the Howell Mountain Cabernet bottling, the Napa Valley Cabernet shows very forward aromatics redolent of dark cherries and blackberries, with just the right notes of pipe tobacco and dark chocolate. Displaying a plush, velvety texture, the Cabernet shows its fresh, berry-driven appeal from start to finish. While youthful, bright and balanced for aging, the Napa Valley is vibrant in the glass, accessible and drinking very well now. 706 cases produced in 750ml formats. Months in barrel: 22 months

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