For those of you who have been following my blog for the past couple of years or so, you would know that Cornerstone Cellars is one of my favorite California wine producers. I have had the pleasure of tasting several of their wines throughout the past couple years and have always been delighted at how wonderful they are. Cornerstone does a fabulous job in producing wines that are consistently good and have a sense of place. All of the Cornerstone wines come from organic or sustainably farmed vineyards.
Once again, I am delighted to have the opportunity to taste some of their new releases as well as some gems from their Cornerstone Oregon collection. This blog focuses on their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from their Stepping Stone series. The Stepping Stone wines get their fruit from many of the same vineyards as the Cornerstone Cellars wines do. The wines have unique characteristics that are symbolic of each individual harvest. All of the Stepping Stone wines are crafted from small batches and are versatile enough to be enjoyed with your weeknight dinners. You can find anything from Sauvignon Blanc, to Rosé, to Syrah, and Cabernet Franc, with many other varieties in between. If you do a simple search on my blog for Cornerstone, you will find many blog posts on these wines. So now, we’ll get to the fun part; the wine.
The Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, and gets its fruit from four distinct vineyards, each adding its own personality to the wine. In the glass, the wine pours an alluring deep garnet color. When you swirl the wine in the glass, its graceful legs caress the glass. Aromatics of cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, and violets fill the glass. On the nose, there is some baker’s chocolate present as well. Juicy fruit flavors coat the palate. The boysenberry and blueberry are present, as well as some tart cherry. You also get some hints of dark chocolate and a gentle kiss of coffee. The wine is silky and balanced with a long finish. This wine is ready to be enjoyed now however, some time in the cellar can also be beneficial. I paired this wine with beef stew and was a wonderful pairing for a chilly fall evening. This wine will pair well with beef, lamb, or pork dishes, hearty stews, and chocolate, for a more fun pairing. This wine can be purchased for $35/bottle directly from the winery’s website.
This is yet another excellent example of the high quality of wines, Cornerstone winemaker Jeff Keene produces. With all of Cornerstone Cellars wines, you will find elegance, beauty, sophistication, and balance. The 2010 Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon is a graceful wine worthy of a place at your dinner table and in your cellar. As always, it was a pleasure tasting another fantastic wine by them and having the opportunity to share it with my readers. I highly recommend this wine, as all the wines they produce.
Cornerstone Cellars has a huge presence in social media. Their social media and marketing efforts are commanded by Mr. Craig Camp. You will regularly find tweets and updates by Cornerstone Cellars on Facebook, Twitter, and on their blog. Cornerstone Cellars can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to follow them to be in the know on all their latest news and new releases.
Be sure to look out for my next blog where I will feature Cornerstone’s latest line, Stepping Stone Rocks!
* This wine was provided as a media sample for review.