A Great Napa Valley Syrah by Cornerstone Cellars

Wine Review: 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Black Label Napa Valley Syrah

The fruit for this Syrah by Cornerstone Cellars came from the Soda Canyon Vineyard, located east of Silverado Trail and west of Atlas Peak. Now that’s some pretty special real estate situated to make the best of the fantastic Napa Valley sunshine. 

So many Syrah’s from this area garner close to a C-note gives one a glimpse of the level of quality this variety can obtain when the weather is good and the grower is talented. It is a pleasure to taste one of this quality and value.

After vinification, it spent 18 months of rest and relaxation in 40% new French Oak then bottled on May 15th of last year. The wine is a little tight right now, but a little more time in the bottle will do it right. To say, it is slowly waking up from its slumbering sleep would be an accurate description. Layered aromas of red and blue fruits mingle with the forward presence of violet floral notes expressing the main components of this wine while anise, smoke, and sage hover in the background completing the bouquet.

Bacon wrapped loin chops and sausagesThe Cornerstone Syrah paired beautifully with bacon wrapped loin chops and sausages

 The flavors are richly rustic with ripe red raspberry and blueberries cast as the stars of the show; herbs and spice flesh out the supporting roles. All the components of acid, texture and balance come together splendidly on the long finish making it a very desirable wine to have in your cellar.

I would recommend buying enough to taste it over the next five years as it will age well furthering it’s already respectable depth and complexity. Fire up the smoker, throw on some protein, and you will find a match made in culinary heaven.

Rating: Very Good | $40 | 14.9 % ABV

Syrah by Cornerstone Cellars

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About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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