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The 2010 Stepping Stone Cab from Cornerstone expands on the palate, with notes of smoked meat and blue fruit.  It provides supple texture and a medium body with an extended finish of spicy oak and graphite.  One of our favorite daily Cabernet selections from Napa Valley.  Enjoy now through 2020. - WB Jan 2017

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • APPELLATION
    Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    13.90%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • PH
    3.65
  • TA
    0.58
  • BLEND
    93% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Merlot
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    18 months in 50% new French oak, 50% mature French oak
  • PRODUCTION
    1,309 cases

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A Flagship 2010 Napa Valley Cab: usually enough said there. From Cornertone, (the ultra-premium Napa Cab producer), the wine sourced delivers that pure luxury one expects from this vintage. An immediate gratification Cab, the icing on the cake here is the preferred pricetag secured: half of retail!

Cornerstone earned their reputation for knock-out Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon the old-fashioned way: the finest grapes, best barrels, and state of the art facilities to craft the ultimate bottled pleasure. Their Stepping Stone label gives Cornerstone winemaker Craig Camp the ability to take the path less traveled: to choose quality over cost and allow each wine to add its own unique personality to their star lineup.

The dense, muscular fruit of Howell Mountain, the refined elegance of Rutherford, and vibrant sophistication of Oak Knoll combine for a harmonious wine that entices with every sip. This accessible “light-on-its-feet” cabernet sauvignon is a nice respite from the aggressive and intense wines which all too often dominate the market. It’s sure to please the patient and impatient alike.

This glass greets with a vibrant nose of red berries, dried herbs, and subtle spice. The first sip is lush, silky, with a smooth tannin structure. Surprisingly refreshing, you’ll enjoy the beautiful texture through to an expressive and lingering finish.


The Story to Know:
In 1991 the dream to make great wine touched Mike Dragutsky and he founded Cornerstone Cellars. As the founder and proprietor of Cornerstone Cellars, Dr. Dragutsky has overseen its growth from a 300 case Napa Cabernet production in 1991 to its current diverse production in Napa and Oregon of several varieties totaling over 10,000 cases, as well as its continued recognition as a premier boutique winery.

In 2010 Cornerstone issued their final release of their Stepping Stone wines. The vision of Stepping Stone held to the beauty of the Napa Valley as a whole and allowed Cornerstone to identify and refine their goal of producing wines of expression and distinction whose value is not found on the price tag but rather on your palate. The Stepping Stone provided the means to an end, as all stepping stones must.

Having reached the proverbial fork in the road, Cornerstone chose quality over price in a price obsessed market. In the narrow confines of the Napa Valley, a mere 30 miles long and 5 miles wide, Cornerstone upholds the legacy and original vision for the Stepping Stone label by crafting wines with singular character. They just do it with a new label and clearer vision.

TASTING NOTES 

Our 2010 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of balance and depth, emphasizing restraint and finesse. A gorgeously vibrant nose of red berry fruit, subtle spice with hints of dried herbs combine with a lush, silky, mouth watering palate with a smooth, subdued tannic structure. Surprisingly refreshing, this wine exhibits a beautiful texture all the way through to an expressive, lingering finish.

93% Cabernet Sauvignon - Beatty Ranch Vineyard, Howell Mountain
Bella Oaks Lane Vineyard Rutherford Garvey Family Vineyards “Home Ranch” Rutherford
 Kairos VIneyard Oak Knoll District; 7% Merlot Stewart Ranch Vineyard, Carneros Oakville Research Station, Oakville

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the Winery

"Excellence is never enough, we have to go beyond and establish an ever higher goal each vintage. Our goal is to craft wines that are not only exceptional, but memorable. Each of our wines expresses the essence of vineyard, variety and vintage, which combine each harvest to create something never to be exactly repeated."

What we believe:

Cornerstone Cellars wines are the personal vision of Michael Dragutsky and our winemakers. The symbiosis of their personalities are realized in our wines. We make what we believe in.

We are not about statistics and points, terroir is terroir and every vineyard must find its own balance.

There is no finer place in the world to grow cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot than the Napa Valley. It is both an honor to be able to craft wine from such outstanding fruit and it our responsibility to make each wine to the very best of our ability.

Our wines all express our vision of the 3 V's: vineyard, vintage and variety.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

From FIONA BECKETT

Steak: The obvious one. Especially slightly fattier steaks like ribeye and sirloin, served rare to medium-rare

A good burger: Which is, after all, simply chopped steak. At a burger tasting I went to last year at London’s Palm restaurant the winning burger with Napa Cab was the restaurant's Bozzi Burger which is topped with aged gouda, smoky barbecue sauce and crispy fried onions

Beef short ribs and other braised beef dishes. 

Butterflied leg of lamb - or any kind of lamb steak, especially with a herb crust 

Portabello mushrooms

If you’re not a meat-eater, a big juicy grilled Portabello mushroom (or two) with butter and garlic is the best pairing.

Cheese, especially cheddar, Gouda or Vella Jack.

And milder blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola. Especially in combination with steak or a burger. Polenta can also help make a Cabernet shine.