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It’s no secret that Agent Red loves his Cab Franc. Well, he was as giddy as we’ve ever seen him when he tried today’s Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc.
One of the reasons Agent Red and so many others love Cab Franc is that it presents a more subtle and nuanced profile than Cab Sauv. For instance, in many high-end Napa Cab Sauvs, you’ll experience a wall of flavor and chewy tannins, without any secondary components. With Cab Franc though, especially wines like today’s, you get layer after layer of soft, delicate flavors, which make it an ideal choice to pair with a big meal or to sip on its own.
This wine was our 2014 Wine Intrigue Awards winner for Top Cab Franc and we’re blessed to have been granted special access by the winery.
If you haven’t been converted into a Cab Franc lover yet, let today’s wine show you the way. We promise you’ll never go back!
Vinography awarded this special wine a 95 point score. Sommelier Christopher Sawyer and The Drunken Cyclist each awarded it a 94 point score.
95 Points - Vinography Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of crushed hazelnuts, dried flowers, and dusty farm roads. In the mouth, gorgeously bright cherry, tobacco, cocoa powder, and crushed green herbs have perfect balance, and wonderfully silky texture. Poised, and elegant, with excellent acidity, this is a characterful and delicious rendition of Franc from Napa. Outstanding.
94 Points - The Drunken Cyclist Wow. Form the get-go, this was a blockbuster. Rich red fruit, a bit of earth, and tons of depth in the glass. I do not jump over the moon all that much (at least I think), but this is a rock star. If only I could hold this for another half-dozen years.
What the Winery Says
2011 Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
- Jeff Keene
- 95 Points - Vinography, 94 Points - Wine Critic Chris Sawyer, 94 Points - The Drunken Cyclist
- Napa Valley
- 89% Cab Franc, 11% Merlot
- 18 months
- 50% new French oak