Cuvaison Estate Wines
 
April 25, 2014 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

Great review on Cuvaison's 2012 Estate Pinot Noir!

   


91 POINTS!

We are thrilled to read what Steve Heimoff says about our 2012 Estate Pinot Noir in Wine Enthusiast's June 2014 issue, rated 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.”
- Steve Heimoff, June 2014 issue

And we agree - it’s delicious!

2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, Napa Valley 

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Steven Rogstad
 
April 17, 2014 | Steven Rogstad

Cuvaison's 2012 Estate Syrah has been released!



2012 Estate Syrah 
New Release  |  Estate Series 

Just a superb year for Syrah from a cool climate vineyard.
An axiom of winemaking is to grow varieties on the edge of
where they will ripen. The soils and climate of our Carneros Estate provide the challenges required to tame the prolific Syrah vine and sharpen the characteristics that define this variety. Add in a long, cool growing season like 2012 and you have the makings of an excellent vintage. Our 2012 bottling boasts a full range of Syrah-esque qualities; gamey, peppery, bacon-fat, mesquite, lavender and  rosemary notes backed with brambly cherry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit. The palate is full-bodied with rich, jammy fruit,
a touch of anise seed and long, silky tannins.
- Winemaker, Steven Rogstad

 
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Cuvaison Estate Wines
 
April 14, 2014 | Cuvaison Estate Wines

"How did phylloxera benefit Cuvaison?"



How Did Phylloxera benefit Cuvaison? 

Julia Hollister, Northern California Wine Examiner
April 14, 2012

"Cuvaison’s newest estate wine releases – 2012 chardonnay and 2012 pinot noir – are prime examples of that year’s near perfect growing conditions. But, circumstances could have been dire.

Winemaker Steve Rogstad explains:

'When phylloxera hit Napa Valley in the 1980s, that calamity offered a silver lining. Like many of our neighbors, we were faced with the task of replanting entire vineyards. From 1991 through 2004, our estate was completely replanted to reflect an updated understanding of growing wine in this site. Since then we’ve continued to tinker with grafting and replanting to create further distinction on the property and to maximize the expression of our terroir.'

The chardonnay selection ($25) showcases this unique region. Aged in French oak, this straw-hued wine opens with honeysuckle, sweet pear and a hint of ground clove. Pause a few moments, swirl and sip. Kiwi, ripe apricot and juicy peach flavors round out the tasting experience.

Cuvaison winemaker knows pinot noir and where the grapes can thrive. The selected vineyard blocks result in a graceful, exceptional vintage. One whiff reveals a bright middle and long finish highlighted with black cherry and raspberry aromas and whispers of baking spices. The best – the taste – is the reward of patience. Juicy dark fruit and subtle berry flavors showcase the smooth tannins that linger on the palate."

 

Time Posted: Apr 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Steven Rogstad
 
April 8, 2014 | Steven Rogstad

We love to watch things grow!



Young Shoots & Leaves 

This is what our vines look like only two weeks after bud break. You can see the shoot tip (Anlagen) which will keep extending the shoots out for several more weeks and can grow, at our site, in warm weather up to half-an-inch per day. You can also observe the tiny clusters which will develop inflorescences and began to flower in mid-May. Our focus on the farm now is to protect these young shoots from mildew and frost as well as remove, by hand, any unwanted shoots that volunteer; a practice we call suckering.

 

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