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.
The 2019 vintage was in many ways reminiscent of 2018 in that it started late and stayed on track for a late harvest. The extremely wet winter of 2019 helped the health of the canopies in the vineyard while filling our reservoirs with water for the season before, we enjoyed a remarkably long summer all during harvest. Identical in degree growing days, a measure of how warm the season has been, we enjoyed a very pleasant harvest with gorgeous, dark fruit for the reds and forward, pleasing whites.
We’re quite taken with the wines from this vintage. Pinot Noir yields were short and concentrated from our vineyard, while the Chardonnay bounty was more typical in yields. They shall be a bit more generous and earlier drinking than the previous, cooler vintage.
“A warmer growing season, the 2019 vintage delivered wine with more weight and depth, giving the wine a plush, luxurious mouthfeel while delivering crispness and length on the finish. Our 2019 Estate Chardonnay has a citrus driven nose with lemon, grapefruit, and lime zest in spades. On deeper exploration, lovely notes of peach, apricot, pear, and a hint of saffron delight the palate.”
– Steve Rogstad, Winemaker
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Virginie Boone
Score: 90 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
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