Cornerstone Cellars

The Premiere Cornerstone
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 155


Cornerstone Cellars

The Premiere Cornerstone

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Continuing in the Cornerstone Cellars tradition of showcasing the personalities of each vintage, variety and vineyard in our wines, we combined classic Bordeaux varieties from three exceptional vineyards for our Premiere Napa Valley 2012 offering. The first building block is Cabernet Sauvignon from our Davis Block (85%), tucked in the To Kalon district of Oakville, which is lifted with a pinch of Talcott Vineyard St. Helena Cabernet Franc (5%) and spiced with a dash of brilliantly zesty Stewart Vineyard Carneros Merlot (10%). The resulting wine a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a complete expression of the some of the best micro-climates that define the Napa Valley. While offering immediate gratification with its harmony and elegance, this wine possesses an amazing potential to reward the patient among us with its tremendous depth and structure

Aging Process

Twenty two months in French Oak Bordeaux barrels of which 75% are new.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.74
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

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

Jeff Keene

Winemaker, Cornerstone Cellars

Winemaker, Jeff Keene

While working as a chemist in a food science laboratory doing grape and wine research in his native New Zealand, Jeff Keene was both intrigued by wine and certain that he did not want to spend his days in a white lab coat under fluorescent lights. He returned to university and attained a Postgraduate Degree in Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University in New Zealand. After working several vintages at Selaks Winery and Palliser in Martinborough he came to the Napa Valley as an intern in the late '90s for Havens Wine Cellars, where he stayed on rising to assistant winemaker then winemaker. After Havens he joined the Peter Franus Wine Company, which gave him the opportunity to work with vineyards throughout the Napa Valley under the able mentoring of renowned winemaker Peter Franus, whose 30 years of Napa Valley experience was a incredible resource. In 2008 he joined Cornerstone Cellars as winemaker.

Country born: New Zealand

Education: Postgraduate Degree in Oenology and Viticulture from Lincoln University, New Zealand

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Jeff Keene's winemaking philosophy is straightforward, "to produce wines that reflect site and appellation, respecting traditions and to make wines we love to drink."

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2337 Ocean Avenue
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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Coho 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley SoNa 23
JaM Cellars 2018 Rosé Calistoga Napa Valley Candy 23
J. Moss Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 21
Coho 2012 Red Wine Napa Valley Combination of the Two 18
Coup De Foudre Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Lightning Bolt 18
Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Premiere Cornerstone 16
Spotted Owl Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder Kiss of Verdot 16
Charnu Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 15
Detert Family Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Franc Oakville 15
Markham Vineyards 2009 Red Wine Yountville 15
Pahlmeyer 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 15
Robert Foley Vineyards and Switchback Ridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 15
Boeschen Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 14
Cornerstone Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 14
Larkin Wines 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 14
Staglin Family Vineyard 2001 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 7
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