Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

An incredible steak companion, the Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vastly exceeds expectations in a vintage that challenged other wineries. No challenge here. A beautiful wine that hints at Bordeaux but delivers California. Opulent dark fruit aromas with notes of lavender and cocoa, a palate of blackberry, cassis and perfectly balanced tannins. Drink now or cellar. We paired with a cocoa-rubbed, oven-broiled rib-eye, rested in bacon fat. 14.3% ABV. SRP $65. Well worth the […]

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Fortant de France 2012 Coast Select Muscat

The 2012 Fortant de France Muscat Vin de Pays d’Oc Coast Select is an aromatic white from the South of France. A nose of apples, rose petals and honeysuckle leads to flavors reminiscent of Star jasmine, Fuji apples and orange zest. 100% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains or “white Muscat with little berries” which is considered to be the best of the Muscat grape variety. Texans would recognize it as Muscat Canelli. 14% ABV Suggested […]

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Cornerstone Oregon 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Vibrant ruby in color, with a luscious nose of strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb; a whiff of white pepper and a hint of patchouli. This 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label from Cornerstone Cellars, Gaston, Oregon offers flavors of black cherries, smokey strawberries and sensual tannins. With balanced acidity, this is a Pinot Noir for the ages. ABV 13.5%. $50. Pairing Suggestion: Roasted Pork Tenderloin medallions rubbed with rosemary, thyme and garlic.

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Review: Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir (Marlborough, NZ)

Bright and delicate with none of those wet leaves that tend to over power some pinots, this Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir hails from the famed Wairau Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand. All the luscious flavors, strawberry, black cherry and spice, that make Pinot Noir so enjoyable with food. Grapes are sustainably farmed. 100% Pinot Noir. ABV 13.0% SRP $20 – 24.

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Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio

Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio from Marlborough, New Zealand is a bit of a surprise. A color of pale young straw and a nose of pear, lemon citrus with a hint of kiwi, it is rounder than I expected in a wine labeled “Naturally 20% lighter in calories.” Flavors of Granny Smith apple, honeysuckle blossoms, pear with a whiff of pineapple it is much more aromatic that what I typically find in a […]

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2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan

Looking for a wine to pair with a slow-cooked roast? Why not choose a Bordeaux? The 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan comes from the northern part Graves, the wine-growing region of Bordeaux classified in 1953. Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Pessac-Léognan is a relatively new sub-region (1987) and is recognized for both its red and white wines. Pessac-Léognan also includes the only red-wine producer outside the Haut-Médoc which was classified in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification […]

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Black Sears 2010 Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley Zinfandel

The Black Sears Estate 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel is one for the ages. Bittersweet chocolate, black raspberry preserves, black pepper, baking spices and dusty sun-dried strawberry on the nose, with a hint of the ceremonial cedar box of warm sake. With Bing cherry, sweet tobacco leaves, cinnamon flavors and legs like Tina Turner, the 2010 is even better with another year in the bottle. I tasted this in January 2013 at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) […]

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2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sports a big berry jam, cocoa powder and a barely discernible hint of green pepper on the nose. This is a BIG, BOLD — but not over-powering — Cabernet Sauvignon that works well by itself and even better with a juicy rib-eye and green beans topped with bacon and vinegar-drenched onions. Subtle tannins. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% […]

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2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label, Stepping Stone Cuvée

Sometimes a Napa Cab can overpower your meal — not this 2011 Black Label Series Stepping Stone Cuvée by Cornerstone Cellars. Elegantly balanced fruit and tannins, this is THE perfect steak wine. We paired it with a bone-in rib-eye topped with a lovely pan sauce flavored with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, chopped shallots and garlic; finished off with a splash of cream and butter. Add bacon-loaded mashed potatoes. The synergy between the wine and […]

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