First off, I have to state that this wine is an incredible one. The folks at Cornerstone Cellars did an outstanding job as usual. We’d had this bottle lying around for some time as a wine I picked up of theirs some time back seemed to be a little young, so I let this one sit for six months. Glad I did because the wine nose is very powerful, yet typical of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lush and full with leathery thickness on the palate, this medium to full bodied wine hits like a freight train on the mouth. It’s delicious, starting off with spice and balance to compliment the leather notes and chewy mouthfeel.
Soon on Pure Indulgence, we’re going to interview Craig from Cornerstone Cellars but until then, give his wines a try.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted my thoughts on wine and that’s been due sadly to drinking what I hoped were great buys but turned out to be less than mediocre. Many of the wines we’ve picked up have been deals at those prices but lacked flavor and that “thing” wines have that separate great wines from the rest. It’s not been for lack of trying.
I’d say we probably went through four or five cases of various wines purchased mostly from Grocery Outlet and they were good. But nothing had that “pop” that makes me want to include them for Pure Indulgence. Even the more current wines were less than stellar.
The challenge here is going to be finding those spectacular gems in a lot full of coal. It’s doable but it takes time. In the meantime, we’re going to feature more producers.
I’d LIKE to get an interview with Craig of Cornerstone Cellars out of Napa as we have reviewed his wines and even the lower end wines such as Stepping Stone line are examples of wines that have been crafted with care. The higher wines from this producer are good examples of why Napa Valley is a front runner in wine making and why Napa is on the map.
I’m aiming to bring more wine reviews to the site, along with podcasts for Pure Indulgence where we spend time sampling, talking about the wine making process and educating you, the reader/listener on the joys of the Pure Indulgence lifestyle.
News to many of you, I’ve decided to make Pure Indulgence a part of my career in hopes that the Lifestyle will become just that.
Until next time,
This week we cover the question I posed on episode 6 about the cigar shops and tobacconists across the country that have strict policies.
A recap of the issue: Grants Tobacconist had changed their policy whereby customers could enjoy use of the lounge. Prior til August 2nd, there was no minimum required purchase and patrons could enjoy smoking from 5-7 during the weekdays and all day on the weekends. After August 2nd, this changed as did the rules of the lounge. Things looked a little grim and led many of the former patrons to boycott the shop yet I felt it was better to ask why the change occurred and what we as customers could do to help ensure a future of one of the Bay Area’s oldest smoking lounges.
I discovered a very simple answer in talking with Joe, one of the owners of Grants Tobacconist. I think you’ll be delighted.
We’ll discuss Westerly Vineyards 2004 Merlot, Atlas Peak 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon and some basic notes while covering the beauty of these simple, yet elegant wines. Sadly, I haven’t been drinking much in the higher end of things. Yet I intend to remedy that soon as there are a ton of events coming up in the Bay Area that cater to those seeking a taste of the Good Life.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. We recently had a chance to sample wines from the Stepping Stone line by Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley California. Tasting notes to follow.
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I have to be honest, I’m NOT a big fan of rose so I’ll have to evaluate this wine based on what I know and enjoy. We’ll start with the pinkish red tint of color and the apparent blueberry fruit on the nose. A sip confirms blueberry and a hint of pepper on the back of the palate from the Syrah/Grenache blend.
As I mentioned in my previous review of Stepping Stone, these wines are drinkable now but could improve with some age. The Rose is a wine that is meant for summer sipping by itself or with light seafood, perhaps ceviche.
Link to Cornerstone Cellars
Wow, what a name! This wine has a perfect balance of lush fruits with hints of grapefruit. The nose reveals limestone while the light colored wine swirls perfectly around the glass. A firm, medium finish tops this wine off and makes it perfect for light seafood.
I’ve become a growing fan of Cornerstone Cellars since we were introduced to them last year. Stepping Stone is their low end wine but for the price, these wines are a steal. Providing body, finesse and intensity of flavor, Stepping Stone is sure to please many palates.
This is a pale colored wine with vibrant grapefruit flavors and a rich mouthfeel. Lasting, acidity finish complements the lush flavors that arise from swirling it in the glass. Long legs for appearance and a lush mouthfeel help add to an experience that will leave wine drinkers pleased and craving for more. This easy to drink sauvignon blanc from Napa valley is easily enjoyable with a light bodied cigar, roasted duck legs and duck flavored rice with ginger sauce.
Cornerstone Cellars Website