Color: Strawberry, boysenberry, allspice and vanilla.
Nose/Palate: Well knit flavors of wild strawberries, licorice, orange peel, with a long finish.
Overall Impression: An elegant and restrained Pinot Noir with fine balance and delicious fruit.
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - A light, straightforward and focused wine, 100% varietal, this offers cranberry, mushroom and a complexity of tannin and oak. High acidity dances around fresh layers of strawberry and raspberry on the palate, with a grippy, cinnamon-spiced finish.
Cuvaison’s Carneros Pinot Noir comes from our 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 and Merlot. Controlling all farming aspects within our 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.”
Harvest Dates: September 7 - 15
Fermentation: 10 -15 days
Fermentation Type: Hand punch down & traditional pump over
Days of Skin Contact: 10 - 21 days
Fermentation Temperature: Peak 92 degrees F
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
pH Level: 3.71
Residual Sugar Level: Dry
Acid Level: 0.59 grams/liter
Aging Process: 9 months in small French oak barrels - 60% new
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir