Saturday, July 6, 2013

2012 Stepping Stone By Conerstone White Rocks

White wine + hot weather + grill full of chicken = one happy wino! Today we sampled the 2012 Stepping Stone White Rocks North Coast wine from the folks at Cornerstone Cellars. One should always taste the wine while cooking to validate the pairing and always remember to leave some for dinner :). You know from many of my previous posts how much I enjoy these everyday sippers from Stepping Stone. Crisp, vibrant fruit which is versatile to serve with dinner or as a conversation juice with friends on the patio. The 2012 is just flat out delicious.

Your nose starts with cantaloupe and pineapple giving you a tropical sensation. Red delicious apples followed by honeydew melon and a hint of allspice. Picture yourself on the beach with the coastal breeze blowing in your face and this wine in your hand. I did too!

The first sip is full of fresh sliced pear and pineapple. Spiced apple sauce with the tropical melon notes and a nice finish of lemon zest complete the wine. Wonderful flow with the layers of fruit and spice. One of my daughters who is experimenting with the fermented grape juice said " I'll take the rest of the bottle thank you". Great wine Craig! We will take a truck load :) before it's all gone.

Cornerstone Cellars tasting room located in Yountville Napa Valley is a perfect place to kick back with friends and taste some excellent juice. Restaurants and shops nearby make for a perfect afternoon. Eat, sip, shop, Napa Wine as it should be.


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