With its pretty pink hue and lively label, the 2012 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone “Corallina” Napa Valley Syrah Rosé ($20/bottle) was a huge hit. The name is a mouthful and so is the wine itself!
Gorgeous raspberry and wild strawberry scents burst from the glass with the same incredible intensity the acidity has on the palate. Juicy, ripe strawberry and red currant flavors dance delightfully along the taste buds. That being said, the painting featured on the label is called “Wine Dance”, by artist Janet Ekholm; the joyous energy it evokes and its bright colors match what’s inside the bottle perfectly. It might make you feel like dancing!
Aged for five months in neutral French oak, this tasty wine is both complex and refreshing. The Corallina is quite unique in that the Syrah grapes are farmed with the intent of making a Provençal-style rosé; it's not a pink wine by default. It finishes bone-dry and you’ll notice a lingering desire for another sip.