2010 Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
California: Napa Valley
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Today’s Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc is an entry-level offering from one of Napa Valley’s premier high-end Cabernet Sauvignon producers, Cornerstone Cellars. After a recent trip to their tasting room in Yountville in which we sampled a number of their wines, this was the one that we absolutely loved.
While a bit shy on first pour, this wine opens up *beautifully after given a chance to breathe. Very reminiscent of Bordeaux in flavor profile, with layers of grilled sweet plum and blackberry in balance with more earthy notes of sweet tobacco leaf and a fresh spring garden.
For lovers of Cab Franc, this is not one to miss.
A nearly opaque, dark crimson at the heart of the glass, allowing just a touch of light through the middle.
Classic Bordeaux on the nose, with dark fruit notes of sweet plum and blackberry, trailed by tobacco leaf, fresh spring garden, dark baking spices, and a touch of black peppercorn.
A wonderful blend of fruit and earth, with notes of grilled black plum, black cherry, and boysenberry mingling with espresso bean, sweet tobacco, a hint of a fresh garden, clove, anise, and slight dark spice.
While initially shy, this wine opens up beautifully after decanting, with a fantastic balance of tannin and structure.
Beef short ribs, braised in a hearty red wine with root vegetables, served atop golden mashed potatoes.
What the Winery Says
With perfectly balanced fragrant aromatics of red berry fruit, sweet basil and tobacco leaf that are both alluring and complex, combined with well structured, fine grained, suave tannins, this wine has the right amount of ripe, integrated acidity which gives a lovely inner-mouth energy producing a very tactile, elegant wine with a velvety persistence.
90 Point Review - Wine Enthusiast (Previous Vintage) This is a lushly attractive wine for drinking now. It has pretty flavors of tart red cherries, accented with smoky oak, and brightened with crisp acidity. The dryness and smooth tannins add to this polished Cabernet Franc.
- Jeff Keene
- 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 95% Cabernet Franc , 5% Merlot
- 18 months in new French oak
About the Winery
We are not about statistics and points, terroir is terroir and every vineyard must find its own balance. There is no finer place in the world to grow cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot than the Napa Valley. It is both an honor to be able to craft wine from such outstanding fruit and it our responsibility to make each wine to the very best of our ability. We make pinot and chardonnay in Oregon because we think it is a world class place to grow those varieties that the Napa Valley is not. It’s more important where the vines put down roots than where the winemakers do.
We do not make wine for everyone. We make what we believe in, not what the mass market demands. We will not be a slave to the fashion of the moment, we make wines we love to drink. What makes a great wine does not change; it’s not like having hemlines to go up and down according latest whim.