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Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A touch of woody sweetness adds a fruity edge to the nose but notes of earth, black spice, and green peppercorns add detail to the core of toasty spices and dark, lightly fudgy black currant fruit. Surprisingly refined on entry this is a deceptive wine, with a tight core of focused fruit but enough remaining babyfat and wood spice to allow one to overlook the depth here. The tannins are very well managed and feather out nicely on the finish allowing the earthy red fruit to assume control. This needs a bit of time to unfold but already exhibits lovely balance and depth of fruit. 92pts

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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 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 10/12/2010

A touch of woody sweetness adds a fruity edge to the nose but notes of earth, black spice, and green peppercorns add detail to the core of toasty spices and dark, lightly fudgy black currant fruit. Surprisingly refined on entry this is a deceptive wine, with a tight core of focused fruit but enough remaining babyfat and wood spice to allow one to overlook the depth here. The tannins are very well managed and feather out nicely on the finish allowing the earthy red fruit to assume control. This needs a bit of time to unfold but already exhibits lovely balance and depth of fruit. 92pts


Member Reviews for Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/27/2010

Great rich nose of plums, cedar and dark black fruits. Well balanced with a beautiful long finish with more sweet baked fruits.


Snooth User: jacket88
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 09/20/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: brittingham
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 09/12/2008

Delicious!


External Reviews for Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Vintage: 1997 01/09/2013

An immense yet elegant wine--dark, ripe, rich, flavorful--with concentrated currant, black cherry, anise and wild berry... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cornerstone Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 1997 01/16/2009

A real mouthful. An ultraripe, racy, herbaceous style that offers lots of dill and bell pepper shading to the jammy plum and wild berry flavors. Finishes with a good dose of heat and tannins. Best from 2002 through 2012. 850 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 1997 09/30/2010

...Notes of new saddle leather, tree bark, and red and black currants emerge from this opaque purple-colored wine. Gritty tannin initially causes concern, but as the wine sits in the glass and on the palate, its substantial richness and powerful, ful... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beatty Ranch Howell Mountain 750ml


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Vintage: 1996 03/25/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1996 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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Vintage: 1992 01/16/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1992 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



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