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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2008
Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 109497)
green wine


PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cuvaison's Carneros Pinot Noir comes from their 400-acre estate in the southern part of Napa Valley. This cool climate vineyard allows near perfect conditions year after year to produce world class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Controlling all farming aspects within their own vineyard gives Cuvaison an advantage in producing the best quality fruit therefore minimizing over manipulation at the winery. Winemaker Steven Rogstad sums it up best, "My style and philosophy are based on expressing the unique character of our estate grapes and doing as little as possible to them. When one has such wonderful fruit to work with, that should be one's emphasis."

The wine has aromas of strawberry, plum, allspice and clove.

The taste is bright, with vibrant fruit, lively acidity and soft. supple tannins.

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About Cuvaison Winery:

Cuvaison's Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the winery's Estate owned vineyard, some 1,200 feet up the slopes of Napa Valley’s Mt. Veeder. The schisty, gravelly, well-drained hillside soils severely restrict the yields, producing Lilliputian quantities of solid, jam-packed Cabernet backed by vibrant acidity and fine, mountain tannins. An exceptional site for Cabernet, the estate features well-drained, gravelly soils, a generally southern aspect and an elevation that keeps it, if wind swept, above the fog. The site gives Cuvaison the intense concentration one expects of a hillside vineyard while the soil offers just enough loamy counterpoint to round out those tannins with time.