In 1991 Mike Dragutsky was touched by the dream to make great wine and founded Cornerstone Cellars. In 1979 Craig Camp gave up his career in journalism to become part of the story that flows from the vine to the glass. In 2008 they joined forces to intertwine their talents and vision and Cornerstone Cellars was reborn in the Napa Valley and Oregon's Willamette Valley. Today they are joined by winemakers Kari Auringer in the Napa Valley and Tony Rynders in Oregon.
In late 2007 Dragutsky and Camp began the drive to make wines at Cornerstone Cellars that are defined by their elegance, dedication to terroir, appropriate alcohol levels and that are crafted to enhance meals. Today they've recruited Auringer to join as our Napa Valley winemaker as they knew she shared their vision of balanced wines, driven by acidity and freshness. Today's Cornerstone Cellars style is inspired by Camp's European wine background, starting as an importer of Burgundy, Bordeaux then by three years working at wineries in Italy. This passion for balance combined with the entrepreneurial spirit of founder Dragutsky define the vision of Cornerstone Cellars as defined in their mission statement:
Vineyard, Vintage and Variety
"Excellence is never enough, we have to go beyond and establish an ever higher goal each vintage. Our goal is to craft wines that are not only exceptional, but memorable. Each of our wines expresses the essence of vineyard, variety and vintage, which combine each harvest to create something never to be exactly repeated."
What we believe:
Cornerstone Cellars wines are the combined personal vision of Dragutsky, Camp and our winemakers of what makes a wine great. The symbiosis of their personalities are realized in our wines.
We are not about statistics and points, terroir is terroir and every vineyard must find its own balance.
There is no finer place in the world to grow cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot than the Napa Valley. It is both an honor to be able to craft wine from such outstanding fruit and it our responsibility to make each wine to the very best of our ability.
We make pinot and chardonnay in Oregon because we think it is a world class place to grow those varieties that the Napa Valley is not. It's more important where the vines put down roots than where the winemakers do.
We do not make wine for everyone. We make what we believe in, not what the mass market demands. We will not be a slave to the fashion of the moment, we make wines we love to drink. What makes a great wine does not change; it's not like having hemlines to go up and down according latest whim.
Our wines all express our vision of the 3 V's: vineyard, vintage and variety.
We are an atypical Napa Valley winery and we like it that way
We invite you to taste our wines: In Yountville - 6505 Washington St. across from the Post Office and just steps from The French Laundry, Bouchon, Ad Hoc, Bottega, Bistro Jeanty and Redd. Call 707-945-0388 for more information. Starting January 1, 2014, we're open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Fresh, fun and welcoming our tasting room is located just steps from The French Laundry, Bouchon, Bottega, Bistro Jeanty, Ad Hoc and Redd.Music in Tasting Room: Jazz
Wine clubs are a great way to stay connected to your favorite wineries.
To join the wine club, visit www.cornerstonecellars.com or call 707.945.0388.
Nothing is more important to us at Cornerstone than our direct relationship with those that drink our wines. In order to offer our customers guaranteed allocations of our limited production and the best possible prices we have created a range of wine clubs. Each of these clubs is designed to bring our members a unique level of customer service and privileges.
For complete information visit our website www.cornerstonecellars.com or call 707-945-0388.
The Cornerstone Case Club: Three Shipments per year. One case each of Cornerstone Napa and Howell Mountain Cabernet, six bottles of The Cornerstone and six bottles of Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir.
Cornerstone Collectors: Two shipments per year of six bottles each containing a full range of our Cornerstone releases.
Choice Club: Get the ultimate choice and flexibility with this club level. Choice members enjoy the flexibility of custom-choosing the wines and quantities in their club shipments. A default shipment of four bottles of select Cornerstone and Stepping Stone wines will be available for those who do not wish to customize their shipments in any particular month.
Connoisseur Club: Four shipments a year containing a full range of our Cornerstone and Stepping Stone wine labels. The perfect club for those wanting to taste a broad range of wines that are both ready to enjoy or worthy of long term aging.
The offer listed below is valid for all Napa Valley residents age 21 and over.
Complimentary tasting for two + 10% off wine purchases!
Once a year the rarest new Napa Valley wines become available under one roof at Premiere Napa Valley. Wineries throughout the Napa Valley are given one task to participate: create a one-of-a-kind wine for this event to be purchased by one lucky bidder. This event is only open to select members of the wine trade and the successful bidder is the sole owner of this unique wine.
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Release Date: October - 2015
Appellation: Napa Valley
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