Baby Steps

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Cornerstone Cellars.

I mentioned in a post last week that you should come back in a little while to see full reviews of some of Cornerstone’s new line, Stepping Stone, here on ye olde wine blog. Well, that day came sooner than I thought when I stepped into the basement and my eyes locked on the bottle of 2007 Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc. Although I had gone down to the basement to retrieve a Pinot Noir, the Cabernet Franc called my name. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.9%alcohol by volume, and retails for $30.

The nose on this wine sang to me. No, really. The first thought that popped into my head upon sniffing was “strawberry fields forever.” I also found cranberry, earth, spice, loganberry, raspberry, red cherry, and dusty chocolate.  In the mouth, cherry, raspberry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry, and earth stood out.  I described the wine as “kicky” by which I mean the fruit showed as tart and fresh. I don’t drink a lot of Cabernet Franc in general and almost none of what I do comes from California, but the Stepping Stone definitely opened my eyes to what a Cab Franc from CA could be!