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Cornerstone Cellars 2010 "Stepping Stone" Cabernet Franc

Cornerstone Cellars

2010 Cabernet Franc
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Napa Valley, CA


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All case (12 bottle) orders receive: 1. VIP wine and cheese tasting for 4 at Cornerstone Cellars' tasting room. 2. All bottles signed by the winemaker. 3. An exclusive Skype call with the winemaker.
Tasting Notes:
The inspiration for this classy Cabernet Franc came from the Loire Valley of France with a Napa Valley twist. Made to enjoy sooner rather than later, this wine is approachable, smooth, full bodied and easy drinking. Enjoyable from the first sip, the anchor Cabernet Franc aromas of green Bell pepper and pencil lead are finely integrated with dark fruit and hearty herbs. On the palate the green Bell pepper flavor takes on a roasted quality and mingles seamlessly with notes of coffee, oak, toasty vanilla and baked blackberries. This is the perfect wine for wine lovers who favor big, bold reds due to its’ laid back nature and captivatingly complex qualities.
  • Grapes
    92% Cabernet Franc; 8% Merlot
  • Region
    Napa Valley, CA
  • Production
    744 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Enjoy now or hold up to 7 years
Jeff Keene
About the Winemaker:
Winemaker Jeff Keene began his career as a food scientist in his native New Zealand where he focused primarily on grape and wine research. Realizing that life in a lab coat was not for him, he returned to school and earned a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University in New Zealand. This led him to move to the Napa Valley where he continued his hands-on winemaking education under the tutelage of Michael Havens and Peter Franus of Havens Wine Cellars, which was recently purchased by Trinchero Family Estates. From these two mentors he began to view the art and science of his new career as an “understanding of the relationship between the vineyards and winemaking”. Today Jeff creates fine wines in a variety of styles and says his biggest challenge as a winemaker is that “wines are consumed so young these days that the challenge is to make an enticing, generous and elegant wine upon release, but also one that becomes even more delicious in the cellar with age and patience without compromising your stylistic goals”. A delicate balance to be sure, and we here at Cellar Angels are proud to present to you one example of Jeff’s fine work. Enjoy! Read an interview with Jeff.
About the Vineyard:

This delectable wine is made from fruit sourced from vineyard sites renowned for quality and a unique sense of terroir; Cabernet Franc from Talcott Vineyard in St. Helena and Merlot from Truchard Vineyard and Stewart Ranch Vineyard in Carneros. The Cabernet Franc provides the personality while Merlot rounds out the complex flavor profile of the fruit. Finely grained tannins and excellent acidity are just some of the traits of fruit from these outstanding vineyards.

About Stepping Stone by Cornerstone:

Stepping Stone and Cornerstone are flip sides of the same coin and bring an interesting challenge to the winemaker. While using the same fruit from the same vineyards, the two expressions are completely different. While Cornerstone wines are made to be powerful and with the intention that they will age well for years in the bottle, Stepping Stone wines are made in a more approachable style that allow the drinker to open a bottle with Sunday night dinner.

Additional Winemaker Notes:
Food Pairing Suggestions:
Beef, veal, pasta with meat sauce, lamb and hamburgers pair beautifully with this wine as do hard aged cheeses and mushroom dishes. For the best results pair this wine with more straightforward dishes while young and more complex meals as it ages.
About the Winery
Cornerstone Cellars Excellence is not enough. That is the mantra of the team at Cornerstone Cellars. With a broad portfolio of small-production wines, they choose to go beyond "excellence" to establish an even higher goal each vintage. Each of Cornerstone Cellars' wines expresses the essence of vineyard, variety and vintage, which combine each harvest to create something never to be exactly repeated. Learn more