Cornerstone Cellars

The Premiere Cornerstone
2013 Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 190


Cornerstone Cellars

The Premiere Cornerstone

Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • 100% Cabernet Franc
  • 100% new French oak
  • From two extraordinary vineyards: Collinetta in Coombsville and Talcott in St. Helena
  • All organically grown Cabernet Franc

We love cabernet franc that actually tastes like franc and this racy, explosive wine is redolent with the mint and wild herbs that make cabernet franc one of the most interesting varieties in the Napa Valley. This one-of-a-kind wine combines power and balance in that unique Cornerstone Cellars style. One sip of this dramatic wine will leave no doubt that cabernet franc is the parent that cabernet sauvignon wants to be when it grows up.

Wine Facts

  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")

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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