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Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Syrah 2008

by Nannette Eaton on April 9, 2011

“You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” —  Saint Bernard

There is a cliché that New World wines aren’t drinkable after being open for a day. And largely, in the Wine Harlots experience, this is true. But there are exceptions to the rule. And we have discovered a delicious exception. This is a perfect wine for those who take several days to finish a bottle. The Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Syrah 2008 on the first day was fantastic, with flavors of black fruit – blackberry, black cherry, black raspberry with notes of pepper. The wine is well-integrated with silky tannins and a long finish.

We were away for a week on a wine adventure, when we returned we saw the almost-full bottle of Cornerstone and winced. Wine Harlots hate wasting wine, especially our favorite brands.  As we were getting ready to dump the bottle, we gave it a sniff – it smelled just fine, and it tasted even better. The teachable moment on this is don’t let pre-conceived notions cause you to waste wine.

The perfect pairing is The Reluctant Gourmet’s Grilled Marinated Beef with Caramelized Onions. The music match is “These Stones Will Shout” by The Raconteurs from the album Consolers of the Lonely.  Trust the Wine Harlots, you’ll be shouting the praises of the stones too.  The Stepping Stone and the Cornerstone, that is.

The details: 14.9% alcohol.  Cork closure.  Appellation: Napa Valley (from the Truchard vineyard in Carneros).  Varietal: 95% syrah, 5% grenache.  The retail price is $20 USD and can be ordered directly from the Cornerstone Cellars website.  This was a media sample generously provided by the winery.