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Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Color: ruby with some violet on the edges and as highlights

    Nose: Great big aromas already at this still young age. Big black cherry, some slight blue fruit here too, surprisingly, with some more slightly charred and baked spice notes, as if fresh from the oven.

    Palate: Full and mouth-coating, this has a very big but smooth mouthfeel, with a coating tannins. I actually like this better than the '04 Howell Mountain that I also received as a sample, as the tannins keep a nice dusty and slight sage to complement the the bright red and black fruit of black cherry, juicy blackberry and baked anise. This is all backed up by nicely integrating plush oak that adds a smooth cocoon for the fruit and acid. Nicely balanced and good stuff, but definitely check back in 3-5 years.

    Posted by drxeno on April 23rd, 2009 at 6:29am | report comment

    Glad you like the wine. The 05 is a special vintage indeed. The Napa is always more precocious than the Howell Mountain, which of course is more structured as it is all from mountain fruit. The two benchland vineyards we use in Oakville and Rutherford really round out the Howell Mountain fruit in the Napa blend and make it more forward.

    Posted by Craig Camp on April 23rd, 2009 at 3:59pm | report comment

    Color: Deep almost inky garnet, then more violet/ruby edges

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    Palate: Full, with big but rounding tannins. Great coating feel here, as expected with Celia's work (re: also Rocca). Black focused fruit with Bing cherry on top, followed by some savory fresh garden herbs in one that is newly rained upon. Finish is more wild and slightly chalky blackberry. Good!

    Posted by drxeno on May 31st, 2009 at 1:05am | report comment

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