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2006 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 3-bottle Lot

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Obtained by inheritance

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2006 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon



91Wine Spectator

...showcasing the loamy earth, mineral, dried currant, tobacco and herbal sage notes. Full-bodied and well-balanced, ending with firmer tannins and a dash of anise.


Cornerstone Cellars

Cornerstone Cellars was founded in 1991 by Bruce Scotland, Michael Dragutsky and David Sloas. The trio wanted to make Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain grapes and for a decade they sourced their Cabernet and Zinfandel grapes before buying 13 acres on Howell Mountain. Scotland left the partnership in 2001. Today the estate makes several “collections,” including wines from Oregon grapes. Though best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cornerstone also makes Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and, in Oregon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


United States, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Howell Mountain AVA in Northeastern Napa Valley was the first of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, earning its own designation in 1984, just a year after Napa Valley became an appellation. As the name suggests, the AVA is in one of the highest elevations in the area. Every vineyard in the appellation is at least 1,400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet and because of their altitude most of the AVA’s vineyards receive more sun than vineyards at lower elevations, which are affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. Howell Mountain was home to vineyards in the late 19th century, but winemaker Randy Dunn is considered the area’s most influential modern pioneer. Dunn moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, acquired property and began making exceptionally rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVA also grows Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are 600 vineyard acres within Howell Mountain AVA.


Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.