Leave it to Cornerstone Cellars to push the boundaries yet again and produce another fun line-up in their Stepping Stone Rocks! collection. For those unfamiliar with their Stepping Stone Rocks! wines, these wines are a newer addition to the Cornerstone Cellars family. There is never a specific set of rules to follow for these wines. The goal is to come up with new, fun, and innovative wines that blend varieties together to give the wines their own personal sense of style. These wines will please and rock your palate!
The latest releases in the Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Rocks! collection include a 2011 North Coast white blend and a 2010 North Coast red blend.
The Stepping Stone Rocks 2011 North Coast white is composed of a unique blend of Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. In the glass, it pours a light straw color. The bouquet of the wine is fragrant and lovely; almost perfume-like. On the nose, there are aromas of fresh green apple and tropical fruits like pineapple and guava. There is a hint of honeydew melon as well. On the palate, there is a flavor explosion of the tropical fruits, pear, and green apple while the Gewürztraminer brings in a lively ruby grapefruit flavor on the palate as well as juicy peach. The flavors are balanced out by refreshing, crisp acidity. This is a fun wine to drink and would be a perfect wine to sip on, on a warm spring or summer day. This would be a great pairing for sushi, or lighter dishes such as summer salads or chicken. This wine can be purchased for $18 per bottle off the Cornerstone website.
The Stepping Stone Rocks 2010 North Coast red is composed of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot. In the glass, the wine pours a deep, gorgeous garnet color. The nose of the wine is filled with the aromas of blackberries, boysenberries, strawberries, and blueberry; reminded me of a fresh berry compote. There are also tobacco, spice, and fresh ground pepper aromatics. Upon taking the first sip of the wine, I got a mouthful of juicy boysenberries, blackberries, and blueberries. The fresh ground pepper kicks in on the mid-palate, along with some nutmeg. The wine finishes with hints of vanilla and cocoa powder. This is a full-bodied wine, yet it is very smooth, approachable, and easy to drink. This wine would stand up beautifully to hearty fare such as barbecued ribs, bacon cheese burgers, or hearty winter stews with beef or lamb. This is a great wine to have on hand for the winter months when you feel like cooking those heavier dishes or to take to casual barbecues. This wine sells for $18 per bottle via the Cornerstone website.
Winemaker, Jeff Keene and Cornerstone Cellars Rocks it, yet again with the latest vintage of Stepping Stone Rocks! It is proof that you can have wonderful wines that are fun to drink at a great value. Stock up on these wines to have on hand and to take to casual gatherings. You will be glad you did!
Keep an eye out for a future blog featuring wines from Cornerstone Oregon; yes you read that right, elegant Cornerstone wines out of Oregon’s Willamette Valley! Until the next time friends.
* These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes.