I did a little happy dance when I saw that Craig Camp from Cornerstone Cellars had added me to his review list. I received two bottles of Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Rocks! These wines were made to drink today and are described by the winery to “go beyond our traditional wines to craft small lots of wines from varieties and vineyards that inspire us.”
The Rocks! wines, which are inspired by the wines of Southern France, will change with each harvest as each vintage will be unique based on what nature has in mind for the wines.
The first bottle I tried was the 09 Cornerstone North Coast Red Rocks, which is a blend of Zin, Syrah and Merlot. While this wine would have been splendid with Italian food, it did just fine on its own. It had balanced black and blue fruits, plum, pepper, earth, herbs and spice. This is a fabulous wine.
The next wine was the 09 Cornerstone White Rocks, a blend of Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. Lots of honeydew, citrus, pineapple, pear that was very crisp. While a perfect patio wine in Texas, it had the depth to be served in the Winter months as well.