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Cuvaison - Estate Pinot Noir 2017

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: After a very wet and snowy winter, we emerged from a 5-year drought and plunged into a summer marked by periods of high heat followed by abnormally cold weather. Once the summer ended, the major events that would shape the 2017 harvest began. The first was a brief but intense heat wave that shocked the vines and delayed the onset of harvest a few weeks. Once the ball got rolling again, we were able to finish our 2017 harvest under exceptional conditions. We were fortunate to have picked the last fruit from our Los Carneros estate the same day that the Partrick Road (Nuns) Fire began. We are thankful that we were spared any damage, and it is no surprise that our 2017 vintage is one to remember.

Winemaker Notes: “Rose petals, hawthorn, wild strawberry and plum mingle with hints of cola, black tea and licorice. On the palate, dark fruits of blackberry and black cherry take the lead, with lovely jam notes, a notion of sassafras and a long, supple, velvety finish.” – Steve Rogstad, Winemaker

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Los Carneros, Napa Valley
  • Winemaker: Steve Rogstad
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
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  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.4 g/L
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent News edit

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 90

Author: Virginie Boone

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"This wine is earthy in rock and forest elements, with lifted tones of velvety red fruit and rose petal. The tannin and oak are expansive and sturdy on the palate, providing structure around richer aspects of cola and tea." October 2019 Issue.

Wine Spectator Rating: 90

Author: Kim Marcus

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

“Lusciously spiced, with good cut to the cherry tart, plum and wild berry flavors, supported by fresh acidity. Hints of chocolate show on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 4,696 cases made.” (June 2019 Issue)

JamesSuckling.com Rating: 92

Author: James Suckling

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

"The appealing red-cherry and lemon-peel aromas and only a whisker of toasty oak on the nose, pull you into this very attractive pinot noir. Many will find the crisp tannins and liveliness surprising for a Napa Valley red. Long, bright finish. Drink or hold."

Wine & Spirits Rating: 90

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019

"A good, simple cherry-scented pinot noir, this is neither overextracted nor excessively concentrated, content to present the rich red-fruit flavors of Carneros along with some light barrel notes of smoke. If you look closely, there are hints of superripeness to the fruit, suggesting early drinking, especially if there is seared duck breast on the menu."