Cornerstone Cellars

2010 Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

California: Napa Valley

Offer Expired:Mar 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm
$35.00
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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.

Tasting Profile

Look:

A nearly opaque, dark crimson at the heart of the glass, allowing just a touch of light through the middle.

Smell:

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.

Taste:

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.

Finish:

While initially shy, this wine opens up beautifully after decanting, with a fantastic balance of tannin and structure.

Pairing:

Beef short ribs, braised in a hearty red wine with root vegetables, served atop golden mashed potatoes.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Jeff Keene
Accolades
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Appellation
Napa Valley, California
Fruit Variety
95% Cabernet Franc , 5% Merlot
Cooperage
18 months in new French oak
ABV
14.6

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Mar 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm
$35.00
Avg. Price
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