Auction 14 | Lot No. 58
5 cases produced
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 Mountain...to 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
Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection