2016 CORNERSTONE BENCHLANDS NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$75.00

RUTHERFORD DUST and OAKVILLE BACKBONE
Jaw-Dropping and 2016 Vintage:  Wow!

Cornerstone Cellars has been one of our Top-Selling Wines of All-Time for well over 10-years now… time flies! A VIP Exclusive Fan Favorite; it is a masterful blend of fruit sourced from prized vineyards.

This outstanding wine performs against Napa classic Cabs made in the same regions for twice the price. It’s a wine that has every component necessary to be truly outstanding, and so it begins… crafted by winemaker Kari Auringer who worked under Celia Welch – Legendary Scarecrow Winemaker … the rest is History in the making. For the many Fans, please don’t hesitate, because you won’t want to don’t miss this one … wow.

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2016 CORNERSTONE BENCHLANDS NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cornerstone Cellars began producing wines from Howell Mountain in 1991 and have since partnered with growers in Oakville, Rutherford, and Calistoga to create small-lot, terroir-expressive wines of outstanding quality. With access to some of the top vineyards in Napa Valley, the winery is a high-quality producer, and among the sub-$100 category for Napa Cabs, they’re a formidable contender.

Winemaker Kari Auringer worked under Celia Welch at Cornerstone before she became the lead winemaker and contributed to the fame of some of Napa’s most famous names, including Scarecrow, Keever, Kelly Fleming, and Corra. The 2016 Benchlands is a hallmark Cabernet Sauvignon blended from all of Cornerstone’s celebrated AVAs, including Oakville, Rutherford, and St. Helena, that is showing beautifully now with some additional time in the bottle.

It’s Like Déjà Vu – All Over Again … don’t blink. 😉

2015 Cornerstone Benchlands Cabernet

2016 CORNERSTONE BENCHLANDS NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cornerstone Cellars Tasting Notes: “Blackberry, dark Bing cherry, and a hint of licorice notes lead the charge, with a touch of vanilla and a touch of ripe plum close behind. The first sip is as smooth and luscious as you might expect. The sweet black fruit at the start is intertwined with complex layers of cassis, dark chocolate, blueberries, and baking spice. The finish lingers with spice and sweet fruit, on a bed of supple tannins, which simply begs for another sip. This has everything we have come to know and love about Cabernet grown in the best viticultural areas of Napa Valley. ” ~ Winemaker Kari Auringer

2016 Vintage:
88% Cabernet Sauvignon…
6% Merlot…
4% Cabernet Franc…
2% Petit Verdot…
= 100% Napa Valley Delicious!

Wine Enthusiast Notes, “This wine has a sticky grip to it, tannins that weigh around a huge concentration of cedar, clove and varietal cassis. The structure is impressive and lengthy, giving it a boost of complexity and power.” WE 92 POINTS