One of the “Year's Best Cabernet Sauvignons”
This is an elegant, red-fruited 2006 cabernet. The scent of the wine is vibrant, in the realm of tiny strawberries and other pine forest scents; the tannins have a red edge to their darker, earthy mineral tones. Those tannins feel a little worked, softened and rounded in the cellar, making the fruit accessible without diminishing their Veeder character. It’s suited to a few years of age and a thick-cut lamb chop. - By Joshua Greene - 12/1/2009
Firm, rich, intense and concentrated, with fresh, vibrant black cherry, currant and wild berry fruit that's pure and vibrant, showing a pleasing earthy mineral character, joined by a touch of herb. Drink now through 2016. - By James Laube - 8/1/2009
This is a gigantic Cabernet. It detonates on the palate with an explosion of blackberries, black currants, chocolate, anise and smoky cedar, wrapped in firm, dusty mountain tannins. It’s the perfect example of a Mount Veeder Cab. - By Steve Heimoff - 12/1/2009
Garnet hue with a fuchsia rim. Fresh aromas of violets and clove with a notable flintiness. Accessible flavors of black cherry and plum edged by white pepper and mint. Raspy tannins support flamboyant fruit in the spicy finish. - 10/1/2009
Try these recipes that paired wonderfully at our Club Holiday Celebration in the Cave! Enjoy and let us know how it turned out!
Yield: 3 cups (makes 48 hors d’oeuvres)
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Here, I’ve used great fresh ingredients and combined them in a way that allows their flavors to come through. The peas add sweetness and the radish adds a bit of spiciness and crunch. As a snack, I serve this on a thin crisp sesame wafer and garnish it with daikon sprouts. For a light luncheon, I serve it on butter lettuce with roasted red or golden beets, topped with a light citrus vinaigrette. Either way, it is a wonderful compliment to a variety of wines, including Cuvaison Chardonnay.
Combine the above ingredients, chill and serve on your favorite crisp cracker or crostini.Chef Bruce Riezenman, Park Avenue Catering Company, October 2009, Eat well!
Serves 8-10 as a side dish or 40 small hors d’eouvres (makes 7 cups)
This is quality comfort food using good cheddar and good pasta. You can add a combination of fresh and dried wild mushrooms if you’d like to make it even nicer.
Place 1 Tablespoon of butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the breadcrumbs and cook (while stirring) until they are golden brown and crisp. Remove from the heat, season with salt and add the parsley. Set aside for later.
Place butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter starts to melt, add the flour. Mix with a wooden spoon until fully combined. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 8 minutes without browning the flour/butter mixture (roux).
Add the chicken broth (cold) to the warm roux a little at a time and stir until smooth. Place over medium heat. Slowly add the milk (cold) in 1/2 cup increments, stirring until smooth each time and simmering before adding the next part. Once all the milk is added, stir and simmer for at least 15-20 minutes.
Add salt (to taste) into the sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until just done. Drain and rinse, then add the pasta to the cream sauce. Add both cheeses and stir until the cheese is completely melted. Adjust with additional salt as needed.
Serve on a plate, in a cup or on a spoon and sprinkle liberally with the crisp breadcrumbs.
Serve immediately, or reheat. If necessary, add a bit of hot water to thin out the Mac & Cheese.Chef Bruce Riezenman, October 2009, Eat well!
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2008 Sauvignon Blanc
From a single small parcel planted to the renowned “Musque” selection of Sauvignon Blanc, our Estate SB is a distinct expression of Carneros. The cool climate and limiting soils that typify Carneros temper the natural vigor of Sauvignon and produce intense flavors of honeydew, lichi, kiwi and lime. Chilled by morning fogs and buffeted by afternoon breezes the skins thicken and the berries concentrate producing a richly scented and densely packed SB. Tank fermented and sur lies aged, this wine is bottled shortly after harvest, without malo-lactic fermentation, to fully capture its aromatic intensity and bright acidity.
2008 Pinot Noir Carneros
An unusually cool spring gave way to a gorgeous Summer in ’08, with an even, temperate growing season. Crop size was quite small and when the heat finally did arrive, it got things jumping in the winery in a hurry as we rushed to pick the Pinot Noir before dehydration could set in. Once in the fermentation vats the pure fruit and lush flavors quickly began to reveal themselves. A classic Carneros Pinot, the 2008 is brimming with fresh berry and strawberry fruit, while the general coolness of the season is revealed in the intriguing lime and orange zest notes lurking in the background. Texturally the wine is quite focused with fine, firm acidity giving away to supple tannins and sappy fruit. This wine should drink beautifully over the next 3 to 8 years.
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder
Deep hued tones of mocha, coffee and boysenberry jam leap from the glass. The touch of Malbec intensifies the fruity/floral aroma as the wine warms your taste buds and the silky, plush tannins coat your mouth. The forbidding slopes and free-draining soils have done their work, concentrating the fruit and focusing the tannin of this mountain grown Cabernet. It showcases the best of Mount Veeder, dense, jammy fruit backed by fresh acidity and epic tannins.
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One of the occupational hazards of winemaking is being asked, repeatedly, what the vintage is like before it even happens. It’s like a college freshmen pretending to know what he’ll major in…hmmm, Electrical Engineering, only to matriculate with a degree in Abnormal Psychology 6 years later.
So, like Carnac I’ll try and get straight to your most burning questions:
Answer : When they are ready.
Question: When will you start picking the grapes?
A view of our 2009 Pinot noir, clone 115. The fruit has finally colored up and is uniformly dark, always a promising sign…
Actually, the other super cool omen that harvest is about to begin…
I snapped this photo of a Red Tail hawk diving through the Pinot this foggy morning and it reminded me of the other Red Tail that signals harvest…
Yes, it takes a lot of good beer to make good wine and this morning’s sighting of the Hawk foretells a pending harvest of excellent quality. The sparkling wine makers have begun pulling in the first loads of fruit, which typically start about two to three weeks before we get going. Pinot noir is coming on fast and we could start pulling that in as early as the 8th of September, though I suspect most of it will be the week or so after. Chardonnay will start in earnest the week after that and continue through most of October.
Of more interest will be the Brandlin harvest on Mount Veeder. Given the relatively cool growing season we would expect the Cabs off the mountain to be quite late, but some years, when the cool air settles into the valley at night, it stays warmer up in the hills and the vines push through a bit earlier. As I follow the weather forecasts, like a hawk (sorry, couldn’t resist), the early trends seem to be favoring this phenomenon, which could put the Cab fast on the heels of our Pinot Noir.
Next week the harvest interns start arriving from the four corners of the earth to scrub and polish the winery in preparation for harvest! I will be keeping you all updated via our amazing new blogosphere with even better photos then can be had from my cell phone…
Looking for something to pair with your Cuvaison Chardonnay? Try this Poached Salmon with Caper-Butter Sauce recipe, and let us know how it turned out!
Pull out the July edition of Food & Wine magazine and look for a feature on Cuvaison’s 2007 Chardonnay, Carneros! If you don’t have the magazine in front of you, here is what Food & Wine’s expert panel had to say about our 07 Chardonnay.
|In the Carneros region, characterized by a morning fog that keeps grapes from quickly heating up and afternoon breezes that lower leaf temperature and dry the morning dew, this cool- climate wine delivers clean and balanced flavors with pronounced fruit nuances. Light lemon curd aromas and a crisp citrus flavor produce a bright and penetrating acidity that elevates this wine from Chardonnay mediocrity. - Anthony Giglio|
|A lot of California wines billed as cool-climate styles don’t really deliver on that promise, coming off hot, fat and tropical regardless of their source vineyards. Not so with this clean, balanced, Carneros-grown bottling, which skews toward the citrus end of the vast Chardonnay flavor spectrum. Its aromas of lemon curd are bright and penetrating, as is the acidity, which really distinguishes this wine from the mass of flabby, buttery styles out there. – David Lynch|
|This sustainably made wine and solar powered winery will turn anyone into an earth-loving hippie. Cuvaison was one of the early pioneers in this cool climate corner of Napa Valley, planting its first grapes there in 1979. The ripe, peachy and flowery nose gives way to a medium-bodied and good textured wine. Juicy, frosty acidity holds it together. A wonderfully light summer wine that’s perfect to pair with a white- fleshed fish, such as cod or halibut. – Daniel Johnnes|
To read more about the expert panel go to: http://www.foodandwine.com/promo/classicwines/
We've just recently learned of some great ratings on our Chardonnay!
Look for our 2007 Chardonnay Carneros in the August issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 92 points and an Editors Choice rating. The August issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine will also give our ’07 Chardonnay 92 points and a Best Buy rating: “Slice a late summer Bosc pear over puff pastry and bake it, the tart will taste a lot like the scents and flavors of this chardonnay. Though tightly built, the wine broadens into the finish, refreshed by a bristle of acidity. Decant it for roast veal with chanterelles.” Yet another reason to Chill Out with Chardonnay!