Cornerstone Cellars Benchlands Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | Kari Auringer Jewel from Top 2015 Vintage
Cornerstone Cellars Benchlands Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 displays a deep opaque ruby. Ripe aromas of blueberries, blackberry preserves, vanilla spice, and cedar. In addition, bold and full-bodied with rich tannins and notes of black fruits, baking spices, blueberry, and mocha. Drink now-2025.
90IWR | The Cornerstone Cellars Benchlands Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 begins with inviting aromas of blackberries and cherries. All woven together with mocha, herbs, and spices all coming together in the glass. On the palate, this possesses a lovely velvety texture, underlined by flavors currants, sweet spices, and bitter dark chocolate nuances, which continue through the finish. Although accessible now, I expect this will begin to show its best with another year of bottle age.
Led by Charles Thomas | One of California’s best winemakers
Cornerstone Cellars Benchlands Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 —a marvelous effort from Napa’s 97-point vintage. Charles Thomas leads Cornerstone, whose work with Opus One, Robert Mondavi, Cardinale, Lokoya, Verité, and Quintessa has prompted Robert Parker to call him “brilliant,” and Wine Spectator to call him “one of California’s best winemakers.”
Thomas’s winemaking partner at Cornerstone is Kari Auringer, whose own resume includes a 100-point Cabernet. Together forming one of the most formidable duos in Napa. As a result, the Cornerstone Cellars Benchlands Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is the kind of jewel you would expect from two powerhouse winemakers and one of the top vintages in Napa history.
And there’s more… 100-Point Winemaker Kari Auringer
When Winemaker Kari Auringer became winemaker for Cornerstone Cellars she was, in fact, coming home as, for most of the vintages of the 2000s, Kari was an assistant winemaker to Celia Welch, who made the wines of Cornerstone Cellars from 2000 through 2007. Contributing to the fame of some of the Napa Valley’s most luminous names. Kari’s fingerprint is already on almost a decade of Cornerstone Cellars wines including the Cornerstone Cellars Benchlands Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.
In addition, by creating Scarecrow, Lindstrom, and Corra, singling out Kari as a rising star in Napa Valley winemaking. Kari believes her success is a combination of dedication, hard work, talent and working with great people. Kari extols, “I am thrilled to be part of the team at Cornerstone Cellars. Hence, we are committed to producing great wines from great vineyards. Furthermore, making the kind of wines that we want to drink. Hence, making wines that are a reflection of the vineyard, the vintage, and the variety.”
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|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Two acclaimed 100-point winemakers deliver a Jewel of Exceptional Power & Grace from the highly rated 2015 Napa vintage | You should have Kari Auringer and Charles Thomas in your cellar|
|Why now?||$75 at the winery | Exclusive at $50 with free ship on 3+|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||90IWR | 92WA | 4.1 Vivino|
|What is it?||Napa Valley Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot | ABV 15.2%|
|When to drink?||now thru 2025+|
|Pair with:||Red Meat, Poultry, Comfort Foods, Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Good Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Get together with close friends and finest roasted or grilled red meat|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 30 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||3+ includes free shipping|