(2009 Vintage) Corallina RoséWarm weather, lazy afternoons and picnic baskets filled with cheeses and cured meats just beg for the refreshing zest of a dry Rosé like our Corallina, named for its brilliant coral (corallina in Italian) color. A blend of Grenache and Syrah from a vineyard at an elevation of 3000 feet in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County, our 2009 Stepping Stone Red Hills-Lake County Rosé Corallina fruit was gently whole cluster pressed to maintain and protect its naturally brilliant aromatic and flavor profile. The juice that emerged was a pale copper-coral color, not a hearty color, but most importantly a real, not manipulated, color. After an extremely cool, gradual fermentation in stainless steel to retain the delicate lifted aromatics and flavor characteristics the wine was racked into mature 132 gallon barrels, known as puncheons, for aging, which added a touch of richness to the mid-palate and a well balanced lingering, but zesty finish. Our 2009 Rosé Corallina is a stylish medium-bodied Provençal-style blend with the juicy flavors of fresh strawberry, cranberry and pomegranate. A touch of citrus and red current dance on a palate that exhibits a slight creamy texture. Carried by a good edge of racy acidity and juicy mild tannins this Rosé will provide a perfect backdrop to many of summers greatest food fare.