They only made a hundred cases of this $100 wine, and it proved to be very popular. The website says the 2014 Howell Mountain Cab "sold out quickly at the winery." Unavailable for the moment, Cornerstone says a "limited vertical release of 2013, 2014 and 2015 will be available in November 2018." Get in line. Alcohol hits 14.6% abv.
This wine is medium dark, dark at its core. Aromas of rich blackberries and cassis come blasting forward, with tobacco, smoke and anise in tow. There's a hint of something herbal - possibly eucalyptus? - poking through lightly. A medium heft in the mouth is joined by firm tannins and a racy acidity. It has a really clean palate, with dark berry and plum flavors not trod on too heavily by oak.
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