Stepping Stone Red Rocks! is a blend affordable enough to uncork every day, but the sterling quality of the grapes makes it a luxurious experience. This North Coast red blends Zinfandel from Lake Country, Syrah from Sonoma and Merlot from Napa Valley. That’s a trilogy that indeed rocks.
Cornerstone Cellars is well known for their Howell Mountain Cabernet and their Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. We became acquainted with Cornerstone and their focus on terroir-driven wines at the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Oregon. With their Rocks! line of wines offered through their Stepping Stone label, they seek to offer a marriage of value and great wine that can be enjoyed every day.
Some wine blends “wimp out” and lack the tannins and varietal accents to make it a satisfying drink. Red Rocks! has no such drawbacks.
The Zin and Syrah give the wine a medium to full body, substantial enough to stand up to some spicy barbeque. The Syrah lends an earthiness while the Zinfandel accentuates nice juicy black fruit flavors and a brambly character. The Merlot has a mellowing effect and stitches it all together with a lush, smooth texture.
Rocks! is an intriguing wine that is produced in limited quantities. A total of 1,051 cases were produced and it is expected to be available only about six months out of the year. Suggested retail price is $18.
Stepping Stone Red Rocks! is a wine high in drinkability that will be sure to please experienced wine lovers as well as the novice. Rock on!
Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.