Cornerstone Cellars Benchlands Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | 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-2022.
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.
More about 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.”
Kari describes herself as a hands-on winemaker. She gladly immerses herself in all aspects of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle. Her style is one that embraces routinely rolling up her sleeves and staying intimately involved. Therefore, touching every step of the intricate process, from vineyard sourcing and hands-on berry sorting through the countless details of winemaking. Finally, if you don’t find her tasting barrel samples in the winery, she is probably out kicking the dirt in a vineyard.