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Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Sawyer, IWR, TP, James the Wine Guy
97 points, 94 points, 92+ points, 91 points
Sawyer, IWR, TP, James the Wine Guy
97 points, 94 points, 92+ points, 91 points

Mission Codename Purple Velvet

This Cabernet exhibits gorgeously vibrant aromatics of raspberry and blackcurrant, subtle barrel spice and sprinkles of dark chocolate. Vibrantly balanced acidity and velvety youthful tannins flow seamlessly, enveloping the fruit and growing in volume as the wine gently sails towards a lingering finish with a touch of minerality.

Critics love this wine. Here is a sampling of accolades for today’s wine:

97 pointsChris Sawyer, Sommelier & Wine Critic

92+ pointsInternational Wine Report

91 pointsThe Tasting Panel Magazine

94 points - James the Wine Guy

“Over the past decade, there are a growing number of consumers who have started to think that all Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley need to be big, powerful, and brooding. Many of these people are the same ones that don’t talk much at social gatherings because they are too busy chewing on the heavy tannins that many of these monster wines possess. But the truth is the nuances of the special appellations in Napa Valley shine in wines that are more elegant and refined.

The newest case in point is the Cornerstone 2011 Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon, a magnificent wine made with premium fruit grown in the Howell Mountain and Rutherford appellations, and small amount of Merlot (12%) grown in Oakville. The finished wine features aromas of ripe berries, black currant, leather, dark chocolate, roasted walnut and spice. And, upon the first sip, the lush flavors are bursting with notes of pretty blue fruits, blueberry, cassis, black raspberry, Himalayan blackberry jam, black olive and dried mountain herbs; soft tannins; velvety texture; and a long, elegant finish. So instead of being big, powerful and brazen; this seductive wine is best described as soft, balanced, sultry, and sexy. With food, try this delectable new release with wild mushroom strudel, fresh gnocchi with black truffle, grilled sausage, slow-cooked ribs, lamb sliders, beef wellington with peppercorn sauce, hearty stews, and complex cheeses.” – 97 pts, Sommelier & Wine Critic, Chris Sawyer

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What the Winery Says 2011 Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Cornerstone Cellars
Cornerstone Cellars
Winemaker
Jeff Keene
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Composition
88% Cabernet Sauvignon
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12% Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyards
Ink Grade & Beatty Ranch Vineyards (Howell Mountain)
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Garvey Family Vineyards (Rutherford)
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Oakville Station Vineyards
Aging
18 months
Barrels
50% new French oak
Abv
14.3%

About the Winery Cornerstone Cellars

Cornerstone Cellars Winemaker Jeff Keene
Cornerstone Cellars Winemaker Jeff Keene
Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml Wine Bottle
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Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Mar 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm
$00.00
Price Redacted
$45.00
Elsewhere