Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Napa Valley Merlot, Oakville Station Vineyard

The “Sideways” effect came about because so many people just did not understand the movie. The common misconception is that Miles disdained Merlot — when in truth he revered it. But the very thought of Merlot caused Miles incredible pain because it represented things in his life he had taken for granted, and then lost. We often forget just how exquisite a Merlot can be, and then an awe-inspiring one comes along and reminds us.


Craig Camp, Cornerstone Cellars‘ Managing Partner, says he had not planned to make a Merlot, but once he tasted this wine, he could not resist — the Merlot made him do it. The 2012 Napa Valley Merlot from the Oakville Station Vineyard is bold, yet elegant. Like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn or Catherine Deneuve — ageless, timeless, beautiful.

Ruby red in color, with a nose of cranberry, strawberry plumb and cocoa, yielding flavors of cherry cocoa with elegant tannins. Think of the very best Right Bank Bordeaux with added intensity.

Pairing: We paired it with a Porterhouse steak and grilled vegetables.

14.5 percent alcohol by volume. Only 97 cases made, set to release this Fall at the suggested retail price of $75.

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A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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