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