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Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé 2009

by Nannette Eaton on February 5, 2011

“All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”  —  Dale Carnegie

Stepping Stone is the new line by venerated wine producers, Cornerstone Cellars.  It’s a lower priced line (the Cornerstone’s cabernets start at $65 USD) but even though the wine is more affordable, it doesn’t sacrifice the Cornerstone reputation for quality.  Every wine the Stepping Stone program is a delicious first-class bottle with great Quality Price Ratio (QPR).

The name “corallina” is the Italian word for coral, and the name is most apt.  The wine is bright pink, the color of raspberry juice.  Almost magical.  The flavors are bright and fresh, raspberry, strawberry, with a hint of lemon, which blooms in the glass as it warms up and lets in a little air.  The perfect pairing is Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Pistachios.

The details:  Alcohol 13.1%.  Cork closure.  A blend of grenache and syrah from Lake County-Red Hills.  Retail price $16 USD and available directly from Cornerstone.  This was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

The music match is “In Bloom” from Nirvana from the album Nevermind.  Crack open a few bottles of Corallina, and enjoy the roses blooming inside your wine glass.