(2008 Vintage) The 2008 Stepping Stone Syrah marks our first vintage of crafting Syrah at Cornerstone Cellars. This wine is a classic, zesty cool climate Carneros Syrah from the famed Truchard Vineyard. A distinctly varietal nose of lavender, smoked meat, blackberries and white pepper marry with a richly fruity palate. The tannins are soft and fine, though substantial in volume. The profound, powerful and concentrated flavors drift seamlessly into a balanced, long finish. You can enjoy this wine with pleasure upon release as the tannins are fully rounded by the wine’s strong, natural extract. Yet the rich structure and natural acidity will allow the wine to evolve beautifully into something truly special and unique. While it is one thing to make great wines, it's a whole other challenge to produce beautiful wines of outstanding quality that are both reasonably priced and capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth, which is part of our vision for Stepping Stone.