Steven Rogstad
 
July 9, 2014 | Steven Rogstad

Block By Block Farming in our Carneros Estate Vineyard

At Cuvaison we take a meticulously detailed approach to farming that starts from the ground up. After carefully mapping changes in soil depth, composition, drainage, aspect and slope, we planted the vineyard into a complicated patchwork comprised of 44 different blocks of Chardonnay and 20 unique blocks of Pinot Noir.
 

These blocks range in size from a few rows up to 12 acres, and each block has its own distinctive match of rootstock and clone. Each block is farmed as its own little vineyard, harvested separately and made into its own batch of wine.  

By farming and crafting these wines in this way, we are able to knit together a more complex and fully realized expression of our Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - as each block adds its own special nuance to the overall blend.

Steven Rogstad
 
May 30, 2014 | Steven Rogstad

May in Carneros; Berry Set & Leafing



May in Carneros has been quite breezy but generally pleasant. In the early part of the month our vines bloomed and have gone through berry set. Winegrowers refer to “set” as those flowers that successfully fertilized and have become grape berries. The set looks quite good and we look forward to another fine vintage.

Although budbreak was early this year, bloom was essentially the same as last year, so we anticipate harvest starting about the same time as 2013, which at Cuvaison will most likely be the first week of September.



Post set, we start doing our leafing pass. The type and amount of leafing we do varies from block to block at Cuvaison, and takes into account row orientation to the sun and wind, as well as mildew pressure and risk of sunburn. In general, our philosophy is to prevent sunburn first and foremost, but with an eye to allowing some dappled sunlight and fresh airflow, to help season the skins and toughen them against any days of high heat or excessive moisture. We do this by hand removing interior leaves and lateral shoots in the canopy and leaves below the fruit zone.

 

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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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.

 

Steven Rogstad
 
August 25, 2010 | Steven Rogstad

The 2010 Vintage - As of Now

We try to engage our Facebook fans whenever possible - and last week we offered our fans an opportunity to ask any questions they like. We think this particular conversation between Larry (fan) and Steven Rogstad (our Winemaker) is worth sharing and hope you learn something new!

Time Posted: Aug 25, 2010 at 2:28 PM
Steven Rogstad
 
September 4, 2009 | Steven Rogstad

Wine Notes for the September Club Sampler

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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Time Posted: Sep 4, 2009 at 3:58 PM
Steven Rogstad
 
August 27, 2009 | Steven Rogstad

Harvest 2009, Carnac predicts…

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…

 

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