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Cornerstone Cellars has done it once again with their fabulous Stepping Stone line of wines.  The 2012 Corallina Rose.  She’s a breath of fresh air on a warm spring day. She’s feminine and playful with a lavishness of confidence.  Sweet, she is not….but she’s neither harsh nor unkind. She knows who she is and where she comes from. She’s Corallina and her favorite color is pink!

dvinewinetime Stepping Stone Corallina Rose 2012.1This Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone wine wowed me from the moment my nose hit the glass and left me speechless after one sip. I have had some outstanding Roses’ and the 2012 vintage alone seems to have brought out the best in this style….still too few can compare to this beautiful, fruit loving masterpiece. To understand why this Rose is so outstanding, you must understand how and why it’s produced. An excerpt from their fact sheet:

“We confess to being rosé snobs. Corallina Syrah Rosé is a real rosé. That means it’s not the leftovers of someone trying to beef up their red wine….Single vineyard Napa Valley syrah, fermented bone-dry and aged in oak for almost six months is a statement. We’re serious about rosé.”

This process, reasoning, great juice with an excellent winemaker, make for a 1-2 punch!  The 2012 Corallina Rose is delicate in color…soft, baby pink and crystal clear in clarity. dvinewinetime Stepping Stone Corallina Rose 2012.2The nose is of wild strawberries, kiwi, pineapple and a little vanilla oakiness at the end. It’s ALL FRUIT!  First sip and it was like I just tasted fresh strawberry cream pie! A true lushness and full mouth feel. Acidic on the finish that lingers with sweet cream, lime and lavender notes. Simply divine.

There is no doubt that the 2012 Stepping Stone Corallina Rose is worthy of a FIVE BOTTLE Rating. It prices for only $20.00 a bottle and is worth every penny and then some.  I only had one bottle of this lovely gem and I hope to make it to Cornerstone Cellars in Yountville, CA to buy more soon.  I’d give anything to have another taste!  If you are a true Rose fan, then the 2012 Corallina Rose is for you. Buy it soon as it will inevitably sell out.  (www.cornerstonecellars.com)

A true lady, in every sense of the word. Elegant and fashionable. Strong willed and smart. She’s everything she needs to be and if you’re not careful, Corallina will leave you breathless and wanting for more!