Thanks in advance for any help.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (White Label): Retail $65. Initially a bit green pepper on the nose, but after a minute or two, tons of spice with cassis and dark berry fruit. On the palate, the fruit is certainly present, but well-balanced and by no means overbearing. There is no question that this wine gets at least one “whoa” but it is still really young—it might eventually get two. Outstanding. 91-93 Points.
Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain: Retail $80. On the nose, mocha dominates. OK, “dominate” is too strong since there is also black pepper and blueberry. When compared to the Cornerstone Napa Cab, this wine seems more sophisticated particularly due to the impressive finish. As impressive as this is on the palate, I could stick my nose in this for days—the multi-layered aromas were captivating. This is a jump up a bit on the “whoa” meter, with two solid “whoas”, Outstanding. 93-95 Points.
2011 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone: Retail $150. Surprisingly a bit greener when compared to the Howell Mountain. A bit of black pepper but really reserved. The nose remains shy even after two hours in the decanter. The palate slowly reveals a bit of what is underneath, but not too much. Imagine if you were dating back in the 1950’s when women were less revealing and men were much more closed off (OK, maybe only women have changed since the ’50’s). Like those relationships from several decades ago, this wine requires some time and patience to reveal its full potential, but what potential! Outstanding now. 91-93 Points, but 93-95 potential.
- Illinois State University
I was born and raised in Harvard, Illinois, a land of Manhattans, Pabst beer and Friday-night fish fries: wine was unknown. However, during a college semester spent studying in Europe I discovered wine and fine food. After graduating from college, I worked as a photojournalist and food and wine writer for four years before my passion for food and wine overwhelmed my sense of reality. In 1980, I joined Direct Import Wine Company which grew to be recognized as offering the most elite portfolio of estate wines in the Chicago market. In 1996 the company was devoured by Paterno Imports (who later fed it to Southern Wine and Spirits), but I remained at Direct as president until 1999, when I left in a fit of sanity, prompted by an outburst of ethics.
In 2000 I left to pursue an education in wine production and spent the next three years happily working in Italy, where I studied winemaking and worked in the cellars of some of Italy’s most elite wine estates in Barolo and Barbaresco. Upon return to the United States in 2004, I took over as President of Anne Amie Vineyards, previously known as Chateau Benoit. Over the next several years I totally revolutionized the winemaking and marketing. In 2009 I moved to the Napa Valley and over the next seven years did the same thing for Cornerstone Cellars.
Today I am general manager of Troon Vineyard in the beautiful Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Surrounded by the Siskiyou Mountains we are making natural wines using natural yeast fermentations, creative co-ferments and sustainable farming.
I have been honored to be recognized as an industry leader in the use of online marketing and Social Media marketing. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Howell Mountain Growers Association, Board of Directors of the Rhone Rangers and on the Napa Valley Vintners Association Marketing Committee, of which I was chairman.
My single minded goal in life is to make great wine.
Specialties: wine: making it, selling it
- Cornerstone Cellars, NapaManaging Partner, 2007 - 2015
- The Wine Camp BlogPublisher, 2003 - present
- Anne Amie VineyardsPresident, 2004 - 2007
- Direct Import Wine CompanyPresident, 1979 - 2001
- Troon VineyardGeneral Manager, 2016 - present
1475 Kubil Rd., Grants Pass OR 97527
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