*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Cornerstone Cellars
We actually got some snow the other day/night in VA. In October. That is pretty much unheard of for this area of the country. The snow turned my thoughts to the big red wines that have been patiently waiting in my cellar all summer for me to drink them. I decided it was the perfect time to crack open the 2007 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine clocks in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, has a real cork closure, and retails for $60.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) It’s still a baby. But some time the decanter cures that easily.
2.) If you’re thinking about serving something along the lines of beef tenderloin for any of your holiday meals, this is the wine for you.
3.) Cornerstone Cabs have been among my favorites since I first tasted them…many moons ago now!
4.) If big, black fruit and hints of pepper are what you look for in a Cab, you will love this wine.
On the nose I got berries, chocolate, earth, pepper, herbs, and black cherry. In the mouth I found more black cherry, blackberry, chocolate, blueberry, and anise. The wine was quite tight at first, with tannins to spare. I ran it through my Soiree which definitely helped open it up, but I think a few hours in the decanter before serving would really do the trick for this wine. I served it with NY Strip steaks on the grill, and as always, this Cab is plenty big and firm to marry nicely with the steak.