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Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley 2014

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Real Rosé. Not an afterthought, not leftovers, not for fashion and most decidedly not a saignée, Corallina Syrah Rosé is Napa Valley rosé with a purpose. It is a wine made as mindfully as we make any other wine. While a saignée may be a wonderful idea in the coolest years in the coolest regions like Burgundy and Oregon, it is a very strange concept in a warm region like the Napa Valley. Do you really think it’s a good idea to concentrate Napa Valley wine more than Mother Nature already does? Yes, I know Robert Parker thinks so, but I don’t. So, Corallina Syrah Rosé is a mindful rosé and we keep these Oak Knoll AVA Crane Vineyard vines in a state of serene rosé-ness throughout the growing season. Each of these syrah grapes are in a state of serenity and inner pinkness from the moment of bud break until, just twelve months later, they become Corallina Syrah Rosé. This is fruit destined to be a rosé all the way from flowering to bottle. As these syrah grapes arrive at the winery already having achieved enlightenment, it is our job to ensure that when you and Corallina come together that Nirvana is the result. To be sure this is the case we keep our hands off Corallina as much as we can. Mere hours after harvesting the cool fruit arrives at the winery and immediately goes into the press. This whole cluster pressing is a key part of Corallina’s centered personality. In California saignée is the shady ying to the sunny yang of whole cluster pressed rosé. The whole bunches of grapes that will be Corallina go into the press and over a slow, three hour press run these syrah grapes gradually reveal their pink soul. The juice goes immediately into a stainless steel tank where slowly, very slowly due to the cool temperature, it ferments to complete dryness. Then the new Corallina is racked into mature French Oak barrels for five months of meditation before it fulfills its destiny when the Corallina Wine Dance label finally adorns its bottle - just in time for summer. Inner wine peace cannot be achieved with mass production so only 500 cases or so of Corallina Syrah Rosé are produced each harvest. This year Mother Nature gave us a Corallina with 13.8% alcohol, TA 0.54 and 3.50 pH - isn’t that riveting. More importantly, she gave us our most delicious Corallina yet and we could not be more grateful and humbled by her gift.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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  • 2014

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Color: Rosé
Varietal: Syrah
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Editorial Reviews for Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
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3.50 5
06/17/2015

This shows light and fruity on the nose with touches of watermelon juice, cherry syrup and just a hint of herb floating along behind the fruit. Quite light in the mouth, with most of the fruit coming on the backpalate featuring strawberry and watermelon with the front of the tongue seeing less of the fruit and more acidity and tartness leading to a curious dual palate that is pleasant on its finish of cooked cherries and rustic smoke.



Real Rosé. Not an afterthought, not leftovers, not for fashion and most decidedly not a saignée, Corallina Syrah Rosé is Napa Valley rosé with a purpose. It is a wine made as mindfully as we make any other wine. While a saignée may be a wonderful idea in the coolest years in the coolest regions like Burgundy and Oregon, it is a very strange concept in a warm region like the Napa Valley. Do you really think it’s a good idea to concentrate Napa Valley wine more than Mother Nature already does? Yes, I know Robert Parker thinks so, but I don’t. So, Corallina Syrah Rosé is a mindful rosé and we keep these Oak Knoll AVA Crane Vineyard vines in a state of serene rosé-ness throughout the growing season. Each of these syrah grapes are in a state of serenity and inner pinkness from the moment of bud break until, just twelve months later, they become Corallina Syrah Rosé. This is fruit destined to be a rosé all the way from flowering to bottle. As these syrah grapes arrive at the winery already having achieved enlightenment, it is our job to ensure that when you and Corallina come together that Nirvana is the result. To be sure this is the case we keep our hands off Corallina as much as we can. Mere hours after harvesting the cool fruit arrives at the winery and immediately goes into the press. This whole cluster pressing is a key part of Corallina’s centered personality. In California saignée is the shady ying to the sunny yang of whole cluster pressed rosé. The whole bunches of grapes that will be Corallina go into the press and over a slow, three hour press run these syrah grapes gradually reveal their pink soul. The juice goes immediately into a stainless steel tank where slowly, very slowly due to the cool temperature, it ferments to complete dryness. Then the new Corallina is racked into mature French Oak barrels for five months of meditation before it fulfills its destiny when the Corallina Wine Dance label finally adorns its bottle - just in time for summer. Inner wine peace cannot be achieved with mass production so only 500 cases or so of Corallina Syrah Rosé are produced each harvest. This year Mother Nature gave us a Corallina with 13.8% alcohol, TA 0.54 and 3.50 pH - isn’t that riveting. More importantly, she gave us our most delicious Corallina yet and we could not be more grateful and humbled by her gift.

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