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Sunday, May 12, 2013

2012 Stepping Stone By Cornerstone Corallina Rose Napa Valley



Single Vineyard Syrah from the Crane Ranch Vineyard Oak Knoll District, provided today's Rose` sample from Stepping Stone By Cornerstone. The single block for the 2012 was carefully selected and nurtured until harvest, with one goal in mind to "produce the very best rose`". These folks are serious about producing Corallina, harvesting the grapes when the complexity of the fruit is at it's peak. Unlike many rose` productions where saignee or bleeding juice out of the red wine fermenter tends make a wine with less acid and sweeter, you will find the Corallina Rose dry with a nice mix of fruit and spice. Harvested in October 2012 the wine spent 5 months in mature french oak.

On the nose the rush of wild strawberries and vanilla cream treat your senses. Fresh cut wild flowers with hints of dried herbs and cinnamon on each swirl. Just as the label is entitled "Wine Dance", I picture myself celebrating in the vineyard with each little sniff.

Really nice in the mouth with the strawberry, peach and vanilla surrounded by a nice warm cinnamon spice. Crisp yet complex with ripe fruit and spice combine to make this one of my favorite Rose` wines. Jeff and Craig well done! Great price point as well.

Cornerstone Cellars with tasting rooms in Yountville CA and Gaston OR, provide a wide selection of varietals pleasing to any wine lovers palate. Stop in for a visit next time you're in the area and taste some wonderful wines.

Cheers
Dan


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