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Cuvaison - Estate Chardonnay 2018

Overview

Terroir: For decades, Cuvaison has made estate grown wines from our renowned vineyard in the cool Los Carneros region of Napa Valley. This unique and expansive vineyard is planted on some of the region’s most coveted land, offering a unique combination of rootstock, clone, soil type and exposure. With 40 years experience farming our estate, our team has developed an intimate block-by-block approach to cultivating this special vineyard, resulting in an amazing palette of fruit for crafting our estate grown wines.

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In the vineyard: The 2018 vintage was a joy to behold. Early budbreak was slowed by threats of spring frost. A cold, gray spring gave way to a mild, pleasant summer. Every forecasted heatwave fizzled, while the harvest monsoon became a light dusting of rain over eastern region of Los Carneros. For the grapes, this meant ample hang time with no need to rush during harvest. The wines have terrific concentration and have retained all their crispness and vitality.

Winemaker Notes: “A long, cool growing season, ideal for cool climate varieties, delivered wines of structure, focus and shimmering elegance. Our 2018 Estate Chardonnay delights with notes of hazelnut, honeysuckle, apricot and quince. The hints of brioche and vanilla surf a wave of citrusy, bright fruit and a long, creamy finish.” – Steve Rogstad, Winemaker

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Los Carneros, Napa Valley
  • Winemaker: Steve Rogstad
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
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  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Ttl Acidity: 6.4 g/L
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent News edit

Wine Spectator Rating: 90

Author: Kim Marcus

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020

"Crisp acidity backs the freshly cut green apple and Asian pear flavors, which feature a lithe texture. Minerally accents emerge midpalate, with a smoky, toasty finish. Drink now through 2025. 13,468 cases made."

JamesSuckling.com Rating: 90

Author: James Suckling

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

"This has attractive, orchard-fruit aromas with a gently mealy edge. The palate has attractively fresh and easygoing pear flavors. Drink now."