Monday, June 20, 2011


Stepping Stone Corallina Rose

We have tasted and written about the Stepping Stone Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc Cuvée Musqué from Napa Valley's Cornerstone Cellars.  Both are great wines for warm weather sipping.  The winery also provided their rosé for our perusal.

Winemaker Jeff Keene did a fine job on the two under-$20-whites we tried, and his efforts with the pink produced similar results.

The Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé is made of Napa Valley Syrah, carries a very moderate 13.9% abv number and retails for $18.  Cornerstone says the name "Corallina" is Italian for "coral," which is a pretty fair description of the color of this wine.

A beautiful nose of strawberry fruit and Pez candy sails along on an herbal undercurrent.  There's no cloying sweetness here, not even close.  It's bone dry with a zing of acidity right off the bat.  The slightest trace of white pepper gives way to a beautiful layer of cherry and strawberry flavors overlayed with minerals.  This wine will be welcome on the deck all summer, and on the lunch table any time of year.

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