Tasting a “vertical” is a great way to show how a wine differs from vintage to vintage and how a wine might age in the bottle. We tasted three vintages of Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon: the 2009, 2010 and 2011.
These are sophisticated Sauvignon Blancs — with no boxwood (aka cat box) or tooth enamel stripping over-acidity that comes with some of the “value” Sauvignon Blancs. Rounded, balanced, elegant. Think Bordeaux, not New Zealand.
The 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is zesty citrus with the crisp minerality and freshness of a young wine. The 2010 shows intense aromatics, and more elegance that comes with age. The 2009 has a creamier, more rounded mouthfeel, but retains its acidity and zest. The 2011 is the current release at $30. Sold out except for library selections, the 2010 and 2009 are available at $50 and $70, respectively. Each hovers around 14% alcohol by volume. Perfect with fresh seafood.