Cornerstone Cellars

 In 1991 Michael Dragutsky embarked on a quest to deliver on the potential he saw in a select few of   Napa Valley’s finest mountain and benchland Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards.   Since that time, our signature winemaking style of firm structure and nuanced   texture have attracted an ever-growing number of Cornerstone Cellars admirers   while remaining true to Napa’s robust, delicious wine profile on the world  wine stage.


Twenty-six years in, the next generation of Cornerstone Cellars sales and winemaking teams bring to market a diverse portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignon wines –of which each one delivers a focused flavor profile - with realistic pricing to match. Now more than ever, we are resolved to implement a long-term brand development strategy and to constantly renew our commitment to that original winemaking ideology and style. 

Winemakers

Charles Thomas

For over 30   years, Charles Thomas has been a dynamic force in winemaking in Napa Valley.   Driven by his involvement and passion for great vineyards, his relentless   pursuit of excellence has fostered innovative viticultural and winemaking practices.


Charles was   responsible for the Robert Mondavi Reserve and Napa Valley wines from the 1980's to 1994. The first twelve vintages of Opus One were produced under his   care. He redefined Kendall-Jackson's Cardinale, and launched Lokoya and   Verite. For five years, he produced exceptional wines at Rudd Oakville and   Edge Hill.


Most  recently, he directed the modernization of the vineyards at Quintessa,  creating wines of unprecedented quality from the estate.

Kari Auringer

Kari has contributed to the fame of some of the Napa Valley's most luminous names including, Scarecrow, Lindstrom, Keever, Kelly Fleming and Corra and has been singled out as a rising star in Napa Valley winemaking. Kari believes her success is a combination of dedication, hard work, talent and working with great people. 


Kari describes herself as a hands-on winemaker and gladly immerses herself in all aspects of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle. If you don't find her tasting barrel samples in the winery, she is probably out kicking the dirt in a vineyard.