Elegant Rhone Style Wines From Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley

When we think of Sonoma’s famed Dry Creek Valley, immediately we associate it with their powerful old-vine Zinfandels, however, did you know that Dry Creek Valley is also home to some excellent Rhone style wines as well? The climate and soil types in the Dry Creek Valley is optimal for growing Rhone grape varieties.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in a live Twitter tasting represented by McCue Communications, featuring three prominent wineries in the Dry Creek Valley that produce some stunning Rhone style red blends. The three wineries that joined us that evening were F. Teldeschi Vineyards, Frick Winery, and Amista Vineyards. All three are small, family-owned operations and produce wines in small lots. We sampled a red wine from each winery and tweeted and tasted with them that evening.

Dry Creek Valley Red Blends

Dry Creek Valley Red Blends

2006 F. Teldeschi Winery ‘Terraluna’: This is a red blend made up of Carignane, Valdiguie, and Petit Sirah. The more obscure grape, Valdiguie is native to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. This wine pours a deep ruby color in the glass and immediately you notice the bouquet of fresh red berries and flowers on the nose. The nose also has aromas of black licorice, coffee, and sweet spice. The fresh red berries, as well as black berries dominate the palate along with layers of fresh roasted coffee, pepper, anise, and licorice. The wine is balanced by nice acidity and has a firm tannic structure, with a long finish. This wine is a great pairing for duck, or hearty winter stews. SRP: $60

2010 Frick Winery Cotes Du Dry Creek: This wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault. This wine also pours a deep, ruby color in the glass and has an abundant red, spicey fruit core. On the nose, the wine also offers aromas of plum, fig, fresh ground pepper, and vanilla. On the palate, the wine has juicy red and black fruits along with espresso, spice, licorice, vanilla, and pepper, embraced by powerful tannins, and finally giving in to a long finish. This wine is powerful, yet beautifully balanced. This would pair beautifully with roasted meats, stews, and cheeses. SRP : $24

2012 Amista Vineyards Tres: This wine is a GSM blend: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre; one of my favorite blends. This wine pours a lighter ruby color in the glass with a lovely purple hue. On the nose, aromas of bright red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cola, spice, herbs, licorice, and a hint of cured meat. On the palate, flavors of red cherry pie and raspberry dominate followed by layers of orange zest, cola, kirsch, black pepper, cloves, and vanilla. This wine is beautifully balanced and offers a lot of complexity. This wine is a perfect companion to an array of foods from casseroles, hearty winter stews, and various cheeses. SRP: $34

This tasting was very enlightening because it opened up a whole new level of wines that are being produced in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, proving that there is much more to Dry Creek Valley than just old-vine Zinfandel. This new year, why not make a resolution to try some fantastic Rhone style red blends such as these wines and support some world-class family-owned wineries in the process.

Until the next time. Cheers!

~Monica

* These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes. 

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Stepping Stone By Cornerstone Cellars 2013 Corallina Rosé…A Rosé For All Seasons

Most people, when they think of Rosé, they associate it with long, lazy summer days and picnics at the beach with warm weather. Anyone that knows me, can tell you that I don’t need to wait for summer or warm weather to drink Rosé. I drink it year-round. You will find me drinking it poolside in Orange County as well as right in the middle of cold winters in London. Every year, I have the pleasure of sharing one of my favorite Rosés with you; Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars Corallina Rosé. The beauty about this wine is that it is so versatile and food-friendly, making it perfect for those lazy summer days to sip it poolside as well as those balmy winter evenings, with every season in between.

This is a very special Rosé because Corerstone Cellars crafts it with purpose rather than it being an afterthought of some leftover grapes or juice. Grapes are specifically grown to produce this wine every vintage. The Stepping Stone 2013 Corallina Rosé is made from 100% Syrah grapes sourced from Crane Ranch Vineyard in the Oak Knoll AVA of Napa Valley. When making Rosé wines, the winemaker can chose from several styles and methods to produce the final wine. Corallina is is made by the grapes being gently whole cluster pressed to preserve it’s aromatic flavor profile and gorgeous color. The resulting wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for 5 months in mature French oak barrels.

Stepping Stone By Cornerstone Cellars 2013 Corallina Rosé

Stepping Stone By Cornerstone Cellars 2013 Corallina Rosé

In the glass, the wine pours a vibrant coral color. Many of you will remember how the name, “Corallina” is Italian for coral. On the nose, there are delightful aromas of watermelon, strawberry, ruby grapefruit, white stone fruits, citrus, fresh rose petals, and delicate herbs. On the palate, there are layers of juicy strawberry, peach, grapefruit, lime zest, a touch of herbs and vanilla; all supported by a nice backbone of acidity. The wine is bone dry and has a long finish that makes you excited to take the next sip. This wine is an absolute joy to drink and every year it just keeps getting better and better. This wine is perfect to sip on its own and will pair beautifully with salads, grilled sea food, and cheeses. I had mentioned the wine being very versatile and with Thanksgiving being almost here, this wine will pair amazingly well with the pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres, as well as the turkey itself and all the sides.

The wine sells for $25 per bottle and can be ordered directly off of the Cornerstone Cellars website. This is a wine you will want to stock up on with the holidays fast approaching. Corallina will make a wonderful addition to your holiday celebrations.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to connect with Cornerstone Cellars on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Craig Camp and his team will always keep you up to date with winery news and their latest releases.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

Cheers,

Monica

*This wine was provided as a media sample for review purposes.

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2014 Wine Industry Technology Symposium Tasting

A few weeks ago, the Wine Industry Technology Symposium  met at the Napa Valley Marriott and had two days filled with speakers, presentations, and events. The Symposium was founded back in 2005 by a mix of professionals of both the wine and technology industries. It was created to address the unique technology needs of the wine industry.

During the Symposium, there were many tastings and events as one might expect. During the first day of the Symposium, WineTwits held a huge virtual tasting that featured wines from six different producers:  Wente Vineyards, Garnet Vineyards, Redwood Winery, Kendall-Jackson, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, and Franciscan Estate Vineyards. Participants of this virtual tasting, tasted through all the wines and joined fellow wine bloggers and wine lovers from all over on Twitter to tweet about the event using hashtag, #WITS2014. They were also joined by the winemakers who tweeted along with them, providing a wonderful dialogue for the event. Due to unforeseen circumstances with my work, I was unable to participate in the tasting. I did however have an opportunity to taste each of these fantastic wines, and wanted an opportunity to write about them and share my thoughts with you. I present to you the wines of the #WITS2014 tasting.

Wines of the #WITS2014 virtual tasting

Wines of the #WITS2014 virtual tasting

Wente Vineyards 2012 Morning Fog Chardonnay: I had an opportunity to taste this wine a while back for International Chardonnay Day and absolutely loved it. This is 100% Chardonnay and pours a pale lemon color in the glass. On the nose, you get vibrant green apple, white stone fruit, honeydew melon, spice, and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of green apple, pear, melon, spice, toasty oak, vanilla, and spice are embraced by nice acidity. This wine spends some time sur lie aging which gives the wine, viscosity, body, and a savory component that adds another level of complexity, which I absolutely love. The wine also has a long, satisfying finish. $12 SRP.

Garnet Vineyards 2012 Monterey County Pinot Noir: This cool climate, California Pinot Noir is aged in 100% French Oak for 11 months. The wine pours a lovely ruby color in the glass with pink hues. Immediately, the glass fills with a bouquet of cherries, cranberries, plums, raspberries, spice, oak, and vanilla. The robust flavors of the dark red fruits continue on the palate giving it a big, juicy mouthfeel. Another layer of vanilla, spice, and cola emerges. The wine has a decent amount of acidity and a long finish. I typically drink Pinot Noirs from Oregon and Burgundy so it was interesting to taste this California Pinot Noir. It is definitely a different style from what I normally drink. $14.99 SRP.

Franciscan Estate 2011 Magnificat: I have had the opportunity to taste this Bordeaux-style red blend before in different vintages and have always enjoyed it. The blend is composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec. The wine pours a deep ruby color in the glass with long legs upon swirling the wine. On the nose, the wine offers ample dark fruits such as blackberry and boysenberry as well as dark cherry and plum. As the wine opens up more in the glass, you get aromas of espresso, baker’s chocolate, and tobacco. On the palate, robust dark fruits dominate as well as layers of the baker’s chocolate, espresso, cassis, and vanilla, all embraced by a firm tannic structure. The mouthfeel of this wine is rich and robust and has a lingering finish. Always an excellent wine. $50 SRP

Jamieson Ranch 2011 Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon: This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 18 months in 100% French Oak. In the glass, the wine pours a dark ruby color with aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry, cocoa, leather, cedar, toasted oak, and vanilla. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry, dark cherry, cocoa, and vanilla coat the palate. The wine has rich, silky tannins and a very long finish. This wine would pair great with a bacon cheeseburger or a juicy steak. $55 SRP

Kendall-Jackson 2011 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: This Sonoma County wine is 94.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.4% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Merlot, and 0.2% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged 17 months in 82% French Oak and 18% American Oak. The wine pours a deep ruby color in the glass with aromas of blackberry, black cherry, blackcurrant, espresso, dark chocolate, leather, and an herbaceous note from the touch of Cabernet Franc that the blend has. On the palate, the wine shows the lush black fruit, espresso, dark chocolate, sweet spices, and hints of herbs, mint, and licorice; all embodied by finely integrated tannins and a long finish. $28 SRP

Renwood 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel Amador County: This Zinfandel pours a deep ruby color in the glass with thick, long legs as the wine is swirled in the glass. The glass fills with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, cherry, and raspberry jam. On the nose you also gets aromas of sweet spice, vanilla, toasted oak, cocoa powder, fresh ground pepper, and dust. The palate is filled with juicy, ripe dark fruits, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, spice, and fresh ground pepper on the finish with a bold tannic structure. This wine is really big and bold and would be BBQ’s best friend. It definitely begs for ribs or burgers. $19.99 SRP

There you have the wines featured at the WineTwits virtual tasting in honor of the 2014 Wine Industry Technology Symposium. All these wines can be purchased at the respective winery’s websites or across various online wine merchants. WineTwits has also partnered with Uber to provide two free rides valued at up to $15 each way to be used anywhere Uber has service until the end of this year. To take advantage of this offer, download the Uber app and enter WITS2014 in the promotions tab. You can also text WITS2014 to 827-222 or click here to sign up to take advantage of this promotion.

Although I regret that I was unable to participate in the live virtual tasting with WineTwits, I enjoyed tasting through the wines from the event and sharing them with you. Be sure to check out each of the above producer’s websites to learn more about their wines as well as check out the WineTwits website to learn more about them and the awesome events they produce.

Until the next time. Cheers!

~Monica

*These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes. 

 

 

 

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Great Summer Whites By Rios De Chile

Summertime is finally here, so it’s time to break out the barbecues and enjoy those pool parties and picnics! As the temperatures rise, so does our thirst for light, crisp summertime white wines. Friends are always asking me for recommendations on summertime whites that are versatile enough to serve at summertime picnics and parties as well as to enjoy anytime at home. I recently had an opportunity to taste a couple of Chilean white wines produced by Rios De Chile. These two wines definitely fit the bill and are a great value.

Rios De Chile Chardonnay a& Sauvignon Blanc

Rios De Chile Chardonnay a& Sauvignon Blanc

Rios De Chile produces three categories of wines: the basic line of wines, Reserve (or Reserva) wines, and a Grand Reserve (Gran Reserva) line of wines. I tasted a 2011 Chardonnay and a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, both from the basic line. Both of these wines are produced from fruit sourced from Chile’s vast Central Valley Region; a region with a reputation for producing quality wines at a good value. Now let’s get to the fun part; the wines!

The Rios De Chile 2011 Chardonnay is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes and is fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks that allow the purest expression of the grape. In the glass, the wine pours a golden lemon color. Swirling the wine in the glass allows a bouquet of tropical fruits, green apples, and white stone fruits to emerge. On the palate, you get refreshing tropical fruits such as pineapple, passion fruit, and mango as well as another layer of fresh green apple, and citrus. All of the flavors are balanced out by nice acidity and the wine finishes long. This is a very crisp, clean, and light Chardonnay that will pair great with lighter summer foods such as salads, seafood, poultry, and creamy pasta dishes. This wine retails for $10.

Rios De Chile 2011 Chardonnay

Rios De Chile 2011 Chardonnay

Now, on to the Rios De Chile 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes and is also fermented in 100% stainless steel. The wine pours a pale, lemon color in the glass. On the nose, you get a perfumed bouquet of tropical fruits, lively lemon and lime, flowers, herbs, and minerals. The bouquet is lovely and not overly pungent like you get in most Sauvignon Blancs that come from New Zealand. The palate is full of tropical fruits, lemon, lime, ruby grapefruit, pear, and finishes with a crisp, long finish with an herbaceous note. This wine also has lovely, crisp acidity that will make it a perfect pairing for light pasta dishes and seafood grilled on the barbecue. This wine retails for $10.

Rios De Chile 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Rios De Chile 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Both of these wines are an excellent example of the quality wines being produced in Chile’s Central Valley Region. These wines are great to have on hand for summertime picnics, and barbecues and are a great introduction to Chilean wines. Up until recently, these wines were not found in the United States. The wines are being imported by Pacific Wine Group and will become more widely available.

Rios De Chile can be found on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to connect with them to stay up to date on latest releases and information. It was a pleasure tasting these wines and sharing them with you. Until the next time friends.

Cheers,

Monica

*These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes. 

 

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Happy New Year From Fab OC Wine Chick!

Happy 2014 everyone! I cannot believe another year is gone. 2013 was a wonderful year for me filled with wine, travel, and friends.

Happy 2014!

Happy 2014!

I know that this blog has been kind of quiet for a few weeks but I assure you, I am still here busy working, tasting fabulous wines, and continuing my studies with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. I am busy working on Level 3 and will travel to London at the end of March for a workshop and then for the exam itself. Then, it’s on to Diploma which will be spanned out over two years with more travel back to London for the various exams and units. I decided on doing Level 3 and Diploma online with the travel abroad for the exams because it fits my crazy work schedule better and the travel will hopefully help me retain my elite status with my airline and hotel programs. Plus, London has always been one of my favourite cities in the world and it’s like home to me.

What else in 2014 you ask? My year will be filled with lots of studying, natch and I do have a fair mount of travel booked and planned. My goal in 2014 is to get into the wine industry in some capacity and move where the job takes me. Hopefully my backgrounds in marketing, business development, social media, and hospitality along with my WSET certifications and connections in the industry will make that possible. Stay tuned. I plan to taste many more great wines in 2014 and continue to blog. Fabocwinechick.com has already been purchased so I will migrate this blog over soon. Last year had a lot of challenges with me health-wise and recovering from surgery but I am much healthier and plan to rock 2014!

My wish for you all is to have an absolutely amazing 2014 filled with happiness, health, prosperity, and of course great wine. I treasure all the friends that I have made in the past few years in the wine industry and wine blogging communities and I am excited to meet many more of you at the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara and in my travels. Raising a glass to all of you and wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

Cheers!

~Monica

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Journeying To South Africa With The Wines Of Silkbush Mountain Vineyards

I recently had an opportunity to taste some wines from a South African wine producer, Silkbush Mountain Vineyards. I was sent a Viognier and a Pinotage. Having never tasted a Viognier from South Africa before and with my very limited experience with Pinotage, I was particularly eager to taste these wines and share them with you.

Silkbush Mountain Vineyards is located in Breedekloof, in the Breede River Valley in the infamous Western Cape; beyond the more widely known Cape Town and Stellenbosch. The wine farm boasts 341 total mountain acres and contains sloped hillsides up to 2100′ above sea level. The rocky soils, abundance of pure water, and cool evenings are ideal growing conditions for growing their premium grapes. Silkbush got its start with duo Dave Jefferson and Anton Roos. When a wine farm became available, they purchased it and became partners. In the beginning, they were contracted to sell their grapes to several famous wineries which won the wineries awards for their wines. After their continued success in growing premium grapes, they hired a winemaker and began producing their own wines under the Silkbush Mountain Vineyards label. Currently in production is a Viognier and Pinotage, with other varietals for future release.

Silkbush Mountain Vineyard Viognier & Pinotage

Silkbush Mountain Vineyard Viognier & Pinotage

First up is the 2012 Viognier. This wine is made from 100% Viognier grapes and is fermented in stainless steel tanks with an additional six months after fermentation on the lees to give the wine it’s signature creaminess. In the glass, the wine pours a pale yellow color. The nose of the wine is lovely. Right away, you get scents of juicy white stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines, as well as honeysuckle and floral notes. On the palate, the white stone fruits dominate as well as flavors of ripe honeydew melon, tropical fruits, and, pear. The mouthfeel of the wine is smooth and creamy and the finish is long. This is a delightful wine and would pair wonderfully with lighter fare such as chicken dishes, salads, and soft cheeses. The wine is drinking beautifully now but can stand a few years of aging. The suggested retail price is $16.99; definitely a QPR winner and a highly recommended wine.

Next up is the 2009 Lion’s Drift Pinotage. As I had mentioned before, my experience with Pinotage is limited and previous experience was not very good. The wines I’ve tasted always had the burnt rubber-like element mixed with stewed fruit that I did not care for. That is definitely not the case with this Pinotage. The 2009 Lion’s Drift Pinotage is 100% Pinotage and is fermented for 13 months in a combination of New French and American Oak. In the glass, the wine pours a deep plum color. Scents of dark cherry, plum, strawberry, and sweet spice fill the glass. I also picked up on some leather and tar on the nose. On the palate, cranberry, red currant, plums, and dark cherry dominate. There is also another layer of black licorice, pepper, baker’s chocolate, and a touch of espresso, with a very long finish. This is a rich, full bodied wine, with a nice tannic structure. There is a lot of complexity with this wine and is very interesting to drink. This wine will stand up to heartier fare such as lamb chops, meat stews, and hard cheeses. The suggested price for this wine is $18. Another QPR winner and a very highly recommended wine. The wine is drinking beautifully now but is built to age up to 10 years, possibly more. For those who have limited experience with Pinotage or who have yet to find one they enjoy, this is definitely one for you to try.

The wines are currently distributed in several states and can be purchased online here. Silkbush Mountain Vineyards can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check out the Silkbush Mountain Vineyards website for more information on their history and winemaking practices.

Cheers,

Monica

* These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes.

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Cornerstone Cellars, A Chic & Sophisticated Oasis In The Heart Of Yountville

Many of you know that I have been writing about the wines of Cornerstone Cellars for years, however the irony is that I had never been to the tasting room in Yountville. Truth is, I had not made it out to the Napa Valley all that much and when the opportunity for a trip up north presented itself to visit my friend Thea, the first order of business was to schedule a tasting at their tasting room in Yountville. I contacted friend and Managing Partner for Cornerstone Cellars, Craig Camp to let him know that I would be in town. He set up a wonderful tasting with Cornerstone Cellars winemaker, Jeff Keene. A great time was in store for us!

Cornerstone Cellars tasting room in Yountville

Cornerstone Cellars tasting room in Yountville

From the moment you walk into the tasting room, you are surrounded with a chic, yet elegant ambiance. The look is very contemporary and inviting. The walls are adorned with the colorful artwork of artist, Janet Ekholm. Her artwork appears on some of the labels of the Cornerstone wines including the 2010 Stepping Stone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and the 2012 Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé. Comfortable leather furniture and and barstools will make you want to stay a while, relax, and really experience the wines of Cornerstone Cellars.

Display in the Cornerstone Cellars tasting room

Display in the Cornerstone Cellars tasting room

Cornerstone Cellars tasting room

Cornerstone Cellars tasting room

Love the elegant, yet inviting feel of the tasting room

Love the elegant, yet inviting feel of the tasting room

The bar in the tasting room

The bar in the tasting room

Cornerstone Cellars tasting room

Cornerstone Cellars tasting room

We were greeted by winemaker, Jeff Keene who took wonderful care of us. Jeff has been one of my favorite winemakers for a long time now and to be able to taste through his wines with him was an absolute treat. He tasted us through some old favorites that I have had the privilege of writing about on this blog before as well as a sneak preview of some of the 2011 pre-releases. Let me tell you, the 2011s were an absolute delight to preview and you have a treat in store with them when they are finally released. The new labels on the 2011 Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon are classy and contemporary. In addition to the labels designed by Janet Ekholm, the new labels on the 2011 pre-releases are my favorite.

The Stepping Stone 2011s

The Stepping Stone 2011s

Winemaker, Jeff Keene getting set-up for us

Winemaker, Jeff Keene getting set-up for us

We kicked off the tasting with the Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. This crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc had the perfect balance of Citrus, white stone fruits, tropical fruits, and acidity. It was the perfect wine to start with on a hot summer day. We then moved on to the 2011 pre-releases of the Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Those wines will get their own respective posts in the future. They are everything you would expect from Cornerstone. They are elegant, age-worthy wines that are versatile at the same time. It was a treat to taste them prior to release and you won’t be disappointed. Next, we re-visited the iconic, bold 2010 Cornerstone Cabernets; the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. I was lucky enough to taste them earlier this year and both have their own respective posts on this blog.

Jeff had us well taken care of that day

Jeff had us well taken care of that day

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Stepping Stone By Cornerstone 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc (pre-release)

Stepping Stone By Cornerstone 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc (pre-release)

Stepping Stone By Cornerstone 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Stepping Stone By Cornerstone 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

One of Cornerstone’s wines that I am very excited about is The Cornerstone. We tasted the 2010 with Jeff at the tasting room and I also tasted the 2009 during the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference in Penticton, British Columbia. This is a classic Bordeaux-style red blend that has great depth and complexity. This wine is drinking beautifully right now but will only get better with several years aging in the cellar. This wine is robust and powerful with several layers of pleasure for your senses. This wine is very limited in production and deserves a place in your cellar.

Cornerstone Cellars 2010 The Cornerstone

Cornerstone Cellars 2010 The Cornerstone

Lastly, what is a tasting without another familiar favorite? The 2012 Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé rounded out our tasting. This is one of my all-time favorite Rosés. It gets better every time I taste it. Made from 100% Syrah, this bone-dry Rosé is a perfect accompaniment to a broad range of foods or perfect for sipping on its own. It is crisp, clean, refreshing and offers abundant white peach, strawberry, ruby grapefruit, orange zest and vibrant acidity. This wine is a lot of fun to drink. Unfortunately, this wine is sold out. By the time Thea and I got done shopping in the tasting room, they were down to a single case. Have no fear, for Corallina always returns.

Stepping Stone 2012 Corallina Rosé

Stepping Stone 2012 Corallina Rosé

Thea and I had a lovely time visiting the tasting room and Jeff took exceptional care of us. We were even lucky enough to have a quick visit with Craig. I am thrilled that I finally had the opportunity to visit the tasting room of one of my favorite wineries. Cornerstone wines are always recommended by me however if you find yourself in the Napa Valley, do yourself a favor and stop in to the Cornerstone Cellars tasting room in the lovely town of Yountville. Their staff is highly knowledgeable and friendly, and will warmly greet you and promise you a wonderful experience. I’m already looking forward to my next visit to the tasting room later on this year.

For more information on Cornerstone Cellars, be sure to visit their website. They can also be found on Twitter and Facebook. Craig and his team will always keep you up to date on new releases and winery news.

Until the next time friends.

Cheers!

~Monica

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