Cornerstone Cellars spares no expense in handcrafting the best Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon possible. In 1991, founders Michael Dragutsky and David Sloas decided to buy 4.8 tons of excess Cabernet Sauvignon from winemaking legend Randy Dunn.
Cornerstone is a winery that was just meant to be. Everything went right for Dragutsky and Sloas from the start, and they made 400 cases of an outstanding inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon with Dunn’s grapes.
This wine was made in a big, extracted style; at the same time other cult Napa Valley Cabs were gaining fame for the same type wines. The timing of Dragutsky and Sloas could not have been better.
For the 2002 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery sourced fruit from several properties in the mountainous AVA that range in elevation from 1,700 to 2,400 feet above sea level. Yields are extremely low, and rarely exceed 3 tons per acre.
Winemaker Celia Masyczek also makes a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under the Cornerstone label. This wine is made from grapes purchased from Neal Family Vineyards on Howell Mountain, Sweetwater Ranch in Oak Knoll, and J.J. Cohn Estate in Rutherford. The winery also makes a second label called “Stepping Stone” which is a bit more affordable.