During the past couple months, I have been tasting my way through many of Cornerstone Cellars fabulous wines. My most recent tasting experience was with their 2010 Stepping Stone Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Cuveé Musque. It was another warm afternoon and a chilled white wine was just what I wanted.
What is a Sauvignon Blanc, Cuveé Musque you might ask? It is basically Sauvignon Blanc blended with the Sauvignon Blanc Musque clone. Musque is a French term applied to certain varieties or clones of grapes used for making wine. The term is then suffixed to the name of the particular grape variety to indicate a clone with Musque-like properties; in this case the term is suffixed to Sauvignon Blanc, hence Sauvignon Blanc Musque. Musque grapes make a wine highly aromatic.
Cornerstone Cellars gradually fermented their Sauvignon Blanc, Cuveé Musque in stainless steel allowing it powerful and intense aromatics and flavors. In the glass, the wine has a soft straw-like color. Powerful aromatics on the nose of tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya. Very perfume-like and delightful. On the nose I also got scents of melon and green apple. On the palate I got tropical fruits and a lot of racy acidity and minerals. This wine comes in at 13.5% alcohol and is heavier than most Sauvignon Blancs I am used to and has a lot of heaviness on the palate. I made chicken tacos that evening for dinner and the wine did seem to pair well with the meal.
This is another wine coming out of the price-friendly Stepping Stone series. It retails for $18. It’s definitely different and a variety of Sauvignon Blanc I was not familiar with until tasting this wine. To order this wine or any of Cornerstone Cellars wines, please visit their website.
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* This wine was provided as a media sample for review purposes