*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Cornerstone Cellars
And one that you should really check out. Few and far between (in my humble opinion) do you find a Napa Cab in the under $50 price range that actually display all the hallmarks of a good, solid Cab without the heavy hand of oak. The 2008 Cornerstone Stone Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa really delivers for the price point. It retails for $35, clocks in at 14.9% alcohol by volume, and has a real cork closure.
On the nose I got ripe blackberry, black cherry, black plum, spice, red berry notes, earth, and floral notes. I enjoyed the nose on this Cab and kept commenting on the fresh ripe fruits it displayed. In the mouth I got similar fruits as I did on the nose, but with more cherry and spice characteristics in addition to some pepper notes. I thought the wine had firm tannins and seemed a bit young, but with lots of potential.