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.
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.
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Happy Thanksgiving friends!
*This wine was provided as a media sample for review purposes.