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Jeff Keene

Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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USA, Rosé (Syrah), Stepping Stone, Cornerstone Cellars, Corallina Rose, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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N/ Rose petals, red berries, herbs, and strawberries. Light caramel and barrel room. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice mix of red berries, strawberries, and a touch of a cranberry bite and citrus zest. Ample acid and mineral/rock notes play and please. Dry, lively fun. Another great wine from Cornerstone. Winemaker = Jeff Keene http://www.cornerstonecellars.com/2012corallina Alcohol = […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 95% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot. Rated 4 hours after decanting. C/ Deep and spooky purple black. Gorgeous. N/ Pine needles and conifer scents. Deep barrel room, cassis, and plum notes. Leather and smoked sage. The deliciously layered smells of a pine forest when you wake up in a sleeping bag. I love […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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A blend of Cabernet from multiple AVA’s within Napa Valley. N/ Clean, angular, and acidic…. and deftly packed and balanced with bold flavors of cassis and boysenberry. A reduction sauce of black and red berries.  Seductive wafts of Edgar Allan Poe’s tarn. Forest floor, smoked game, and brick dust. Barrel room. Pine and herbs. Quite complex […]

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USA, Red Blend, Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2010

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Red blend of: Zinfandel from Lake County, Syrah from Sonoma, and Napa Valley (Carneros) Merlot. N/ Reduction sauce of plum skins.  Smoked oak and paprika. Deep cassis, wet earth, and river rock. Wild herbs with a blast of sage. Pine and cedar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dry, angular, plum and cherry. Pine needle tea. Berries and […]

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USA, White Blend (Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer), Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2011

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White blend of: Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer N/ Lightly sugared, steeped hay. Clean burlap. Nectarine skins. Crisp citrus zest smeared on freshly chipped flint. Light sandalwood and taffy. Kiss of suntan lotion. Very complex for the price point and more old world than new. Delightful. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Round and voluptuous yellow tropicals and pear juice. […]

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USA, Rose of Syrah, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, Corallina Rose, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, California, 2011

N/ Bright, acidic granite dust sprinkled on a reduction of rose petals and strawberry. Rhubarb, burnt sugar, and light barrel room. The nose is much more reminiscent of an actual full red wine, not just a rose. Quite mature, with a feel of old world elegance. Delightful. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Very pleasing balance between strawberries, […]

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