Cornerstone Cellars

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

2010 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 14 | Lot No. 58
Vintage: 2008

Cornerstone Cellars

Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

5 cases produced


An exceptional selection by winemaker Jeff Keene and consulting winemaker Peter Franus from one extraordinary barrel sourced from our block at 1800 feet in the Ink Grade Vineyard. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from organically certified vines, which were dry-farmed and average more than 20 years old. Powerful and complex, it will age for many years.

Aging Process

The 2008 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon PNV was aged for 22 months in 100% new French barrels.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.94
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: The Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is typically a massive, concentrated, powerful wine - a classic for aging. The PNV lot allowed me to explore individual barrels more closely. Selecting a barrel which maintains the characteristics of the 'regular' bottling and taking these to new heights...More roundness, richness to absorb the power of the Howell Mountain tannins producing a voluptuous wine which is already approachable but still the tannic structure of a classic Napa Valley Cabernet built for aging.

Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?

A: The inspiration for the 2008 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon PNV is Howell create a wine with the power and massive concentration true to Howell Mountain's characteristics and envelop all that which a touch of elegance.

Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.

A: I chose to make this wine from this particular  block  because  the wines from our Howell Mountain - Ink Grade block are profound, complex and concentrated and will age for many years. Our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is entirely produced from an organically certified vineyard, farmed by master viticulturist Mark Neal. The white 'tufa' soils, consisting of decomposed volcanic ash, stress the vines and the fruit produced creates wines with intense varietal and vineyard character and firm tannins.

Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?

A: If you love Cornerstone wines, if you love Cornerstone's Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon the tannic power, the concentration, then you will love the 2008 Cornerstone Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon PNV. Everything you expect from a Howell Mountain wine and more. A one of a kind offering featuring all the aspects of a true Howell Mountain wine taken to the next level. The elegance to make this wine approachable now, but the tannic power and concentration, that with proper aging this wine can attain true greatness.

Golden Gate Wine Cellars, Inc.

2337 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco  CA  94127


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