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Estate Chardonnay
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Kite Tail Chardonnay
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2014 ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC

           "Wine Worlds Apart"
           "Wine of the Week: Cuvaison: Sauvignon Blanc 2014, California. Bright gold color with melon, grapefruit and
           citrus flavors. Medium bodied with clean sharp acidity on the firm finish."
           Worcester Magazine, Al Vuona, July 2015


 




2013 ESTATE CHARDONNAY


"91 Points"
"Crisp, yet fuller bodied, with a creamy voluptuousness to the mouthfeel, this wine offers a taste of lemon pith and peach, accented by a floral bouquet of orange blossom. Measured acidity keeps it ebullient in the glass, ending in a hit of Tahitian vanilla.
Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone, December 2015


"Great Value  |  90 points"
Decanter Magazine’s panel tasted 179 California Chardonnay’s and our 2013 Carneros Chardonnay was one of only 5 that was rated “great value.
Bright apple aroma and then a good attack on the palate providing ample freshness and flair."
Decanter, May 2016

 






2012 ESTATE CHARDONNAY

"91 Points, Two Puffs" 
"Lemon and apple fruitiness and energy is here made part and parcel of aromas that also deliver a clear overlay of crème brûlée richness. With acidity balancing its evident viscosity and bring a strong citrusy tinge into the proceedings, this wine adds further fuel to the argument that freshness and depth are not mutually exclusive in California Chardonnay. With a long and quite tasty finish and room to grow for another year or more before reaching its peak, this bottling offers both palatal and priceworthy rewards. GOOD VALUE 3 l I $25.00"
Connoisseur's Guide, July 2014 

"What to Drink Now; Easter Wine"

"Cuvaison selects the best fruit from their 44 estate blocks for their Estate Chardonnay, which they take a very hands off approach with, letting the flavor of the fruit shine by barrel fermenting the fruit in whole clusters and aging it for 8 months in partially new French oak barrels. The result, Chardonnay with character, filled with ripe pear, stone fruit – white peach and apricot, and layers of spiced citrus cream."
The Food Magazine, April 2014 

"The Best Wines for Spring" 
"2012 Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay ($25). The wine offers suggestions of peach, nectarine and citrus, as well as a companion for grilled or baked chicken and fried seafood."
News Day, April 2014

"Chardonnay, Still King of the White Wines" 
"Although a lot of consumers pan chardonnays for reasons we don’t always understand, the grape variety remains the king of white wines. It’s been around a lot longer than most white grape varieties, it is grape used in expensive French burgundies and it’s easy to pronounce and versatile with food. You can’t say that about viognier or ugni blanc. Some producers here and abroad even stake their reputation on their chardonnays, eschewing the trend to instead focus on mouth-puckering and expensive cabernet sauvignons. Some of this is driven by profit — chardonnay sells well — and some of it is driven by the producers’ specialty and what grows well in their vineyards. Here are some chardonnays we recently tasted and liked: Cuvaison Carneros Chardonnay 2012 ($25). A blend of 44 blocks of vineyards, this chardonnay is rich in texture with generous aromatics and a soft palate of stone fruit."
Capital Gazette, Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, May 2014

"Top 10 Summer Wines" 
"Carefully blended from 44 distinct blocks of Cuvaison's estate vineyard, the 2012 Chardonnay is well-balanced and food-friendly. It displays pretty floral notes on the nose and crisp stone fruit flavors in the mouth. Pair it with fresh fish, seafood and crunchy salads. Rating: 14/20 Price: $25" 
Gayot, June 2014

"Your Friday Wine" 
"Elegant, rich, lots of oak styling, firm acidity: There is no mistaking this Chardonnay is from cool Carneros — the part of the district in Napa Valley. Inhale the delicate aromas of apricot, honeysuckle, clove and smoky oak. In the mouth, the flavors of white peach, lime zest and nectarine are woven with more smoky, spicy French oak. It’s a wine that demands food — seafood, oysters on the half shell, delicate chicken and veal dishes."
Detroit News, Sandra Silfven, November 2014 

"A Gift of Wine"
"'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house bottles of wine lay gift wrapped with twine. Okay, I admit it’s a bit hokey but a bottle of wine is a wonderful way of making someone’s holiday season brighter. As the Roman playwright Plautus once said, “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” Sounds good to me. With that in mind, I have once again prepared my annual wine lover’s holiday wish list. Hopefully this guide will help you select that perfect bottle for the wine lover on your list. Cuvaison: Estate Chardonnay 2012, $30 California, A nice Chardonnay with taut green apple, peach and kiwi fruit on a lengthy finish."
Worcester Magazine. Al Vuona, December 2014

 






2013 ESTATE PINOT NOIR

"90 Points"
"A light, straightforward and focused wine, 100% varietal, this offers cranberry, mushroom and a complexity of tannin and oak. High acidity dances around fresh layers of strawberry and raspberry on the palate, with a grippy, cinnamon-spiced finish."
Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone, December 2015

"The Grapes of Summer"
"Estate grown in the Carneros Valley, this carefully crafted 100% Pinot Noir comes from twenty different blocks   and represents the best that this varietal has to offer, with lots of spicy fruits and a silky finish.”
Cigar World, Richard Carleton Hacker, July 2015

Gold Medal
Sunset Int'l Wine Competition, June 2015

 




2012 ESTATE PINOT NOIR


"91 Points"
"With a light, silky mouthfeel and mouthwatering acidity, this Pinot satisfies for its rich array of raspberries, cherries, spices, cola and smoky oak. It defines the Carneros style: tart, a little earthy and ageworthy. Drink now–2019. —S.H. abv: 14.1% Price: $38"
Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, June 2014

"Score: 9 out of 10"

"Light garnet in color, this wine smells of raspberry and cranberry fruit. In the mouth, bright raspberry and cherry flavors have a faint sweetness to them as they mix with a faint herbal note. Very pretty and juicy, thanks to excellent acidity, the flavors are quite pure and wonderful. A crowd-pleaser of a Pinot. 14.1% alcohol."
Vinography, Alder Yarrow, December 2014 

"Your Friday wine: Cuvaison Estate Napa Valley Pinot Noir"
"It’s amazing to describe an aroma as the scent of a rose, but it’s right here with this vintage, along with dark berries, cherry, and brown cooking spices — allspice and cardamom. Alcohol roars through the palate (14.1 percent), along with the sensation of velvety tannins and firm acidity. It’s a structured, complex, elegant wine — still tightly woven. It would be interesting to retaste after further cellaring."
Detroit News, Sandra Silfven, November 2014 


 





2013 KITE TAIL CHARDONNAY

"Well Balanced Chardonnay to Slurge On"
"I have found that excellent Chardonnays fall into what I call “splurge” or special occasion wines. I like to take them to dinner parties or open them on important dates, like anniversaries. Here are four well-balanced chardonnays I’ve enjoyed this year; the 2013 Cuvaison Kite Tail ($44)..."
The Modesto Bee, Russ Winton, July 2015

Gold Medal
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2016

 

 


 



2012 KITE TAIL CHARDONNAY

"91 Points"

"From an organically-farmed hillside vineyard planted to the Old Wente clone, this white is expressive in oak and intense aromas and flavors of delicate pear, peach and lime. Made in a fuller, creamy style, it’s balanced in acidity with a crisp­ness to the finish. abv: 14.1% Price: $42."
Wine Enthusiast, August 2014

"90 Points"

"Lush and juicy with spice, toasty oak, vanilla and ripe pear fruit; rich and dense" 
The Tasting Panel, August 2014 


 


 



2012 SPIRE PINOT NOIR

"3.5 lips"
"The fruit for the 2012 "Spire" Pinot Noir is grown on the highest block of the estate vineyard. This Dijon 115 clone, single block wine has a beautiful body: dense drier tannins within a core of concentrated blackberry (some lots aged and fermented in puncheons for 16 months and some in concrete cubuicle tanks, which brings out rounder, warmer tones than would stainless)."
The Tasting Panel, July 2014