The nose shows the classic markers for Cabernet Franc, with blackcurrant and raspberry, violets, and hints of tobacco leaf. Raspberries and black plum show on the palate, tobacco and black cherry on the mid-palate, with a good streak of acid and sweet tannins. Lighter than its brawny cousin Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc makes a good food pairing with meatier fish as well as leaner steaks and meaty poultry. Pair this with grilled swordfish. Highly Recommended. 92. DH

WHO: Cornerstone Cellars
DESIGNATION: Stepping Stone
WHAT: Cabernet Franc
WHERE: California, Napa Valley
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $35 (media sample)

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