Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2016
The 2016 Cupcake Vineyards Merlot is a jammy, elegantly textured wine crafted from luscious grapes found along California’s desirable Central Coast. Aromas of ripe red berry, black pepper and spice fill the nose, while flavors of raspberry, cherry and cocoa mingle into a plush, silky finish. The soft tannins and color are carefully extracted from the grapes before being pressed to reach the right level of dryness. Finally, the wine is aged on American oak to enhance richness and complexity.
Pair with slider-style mini burgers, garlic-parmesan roasted Brussels sprouts or romantic dinner dates.
At Cupcake Vineyards, the goal is to craft the richest, smoothest and most elegantly textured wines. To ensure this, they select their grapes from vineyards that are truly expressive of the varietals that are grown in the region. The Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from California’s sun-drenched Central Coast, where the distinctive topography and climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean yields some of California's best world-class wines. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Marlborough valley of New Zealand, where the long days and cool climate allow the grapes to mature slowly over a longer period of time.
Cupcake's assorted collection of finely-crafted wines pair perfectly with your assorted collection of moments of joy—from binge watching your favorite show, to turning your three-day weekend into four.
The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.
Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.
While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.