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WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • APPELLATION
    Oakville
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Napa Cabernet fans who have an affinity for those coming from Oakville (think Harlan, Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, etc)  need to hop on this Napa train ASAP. We don’t have a lot of this Cabernet left and you need this 2016 (a truly fantastic vintage) in your cellar post haste. 48% off?! $49, requires no dilly-dallying!

The Oakville Station Vineyard, managed by the University of California, Davis, is not a source for many producers. Cornerstone is one of the few who have access to this cherished plot of land which finds itself in the middle of To-Kalon, and just in front of Robert Mondavi Winery’s most prized blocks of the To-Kalon Vineyard.  Outside of being in one of the most bonkers vineyard sources in the valley, the wine is crafted by Charles Thomas and Kari Auringer, both rockstars of the valley, the former of which who has made Mondavi Reserves in addition to bottlings from Cardinale, Lokoya and Verite.

There’s a lot to unpack with the background alone on this wine, but lets get to the tasty apart, shall we? Lush, concentrated, with a mocha maraschino cherry thing going on with red currant jam, notes of figs, baker’s chocolate, sweet baking spices and a velvety texture. It’s beautiful, just what you want from an Oakville Cabernet, and for the price? Well just smack us silly and clear us of our inventory before we change our minds, ok?

TASTING NOTES 

Lush, concentrated, with a mocha maraschino cherry thing going on with red currant jam, notes of figs, baker’s chocolate, sweet baking spices and a velvety texture.

THE STORY TO KNOW

In 1991 Mike Dragutsky was touched by the dream to make great wine and founded Cornerstone Cellars.

When Kari became winemaker for Cornerstone Cellars she was, in fact, coming home. For most of the vintages of the 2000s, Kari was assistant winemaker to Celia Welch who made the wines of Cornerstone Cellars from 2000 through 2007. Kari's fingerprint is already on almost a decade of Cornerstone Cellars wines. Kari puts it best when she says, "I am thrilled to be part of the team at Cornerstone Cellars. We are committed to producing great wines from great vineyards, and making the kind of wines that we want to drink, wines that are a reflection of the vineyard, the vintage and the variety."

For over 30 years, Charles Thomas has been a dynamic force in winemaking in the Napa Valley. Driven by his involvement and passion for great vineyards, his relentless pursuit of excellence has fostered innovative viticultural and winemaking practices.