92 Insider Points
"Very Good"- Wine Enthusiast
We Californians Love Our Cult Classics.
It's part of what forms our identities. I would say it's the same in just about every part of the world. Locals identify with what sheds a good light on their region. Cuvaison is one of those wineries on the Napa side of Carneros that, once discovered, makes you go "Damn that's good".
Toasted oak, green apple and pear on the nose. It has a tropical palate with creamy honeydew, starfruit, pink guava. Medium bodied with medium aicidty. Finishes long with lemon zest. If you find yourself on highway 12, be sure to stop by this one.
92 Points - JZ January '18
"This is a simple, straightforward combination of apple and caramel, light-bodied with layers of texture and complexity. A great midweek wine that works for larger gatherings as well, it's a great example of cool-climate fruit that isn't overdone in oak or ripeness."- Wine Enthusiast
8 months in small French oak barrels (20% new)
Named Winery of the Year in 2012 by Wine & Spirits, Cuvaison is still turning heads since its debut nearly 50 years ago. Cuvaison’s 2014 Estate Chardonnay is a full-bodied though terrifically balanced white, showing the restrain of its just 60% malolactic ferment and 20% new French oak aging. This baby was sourced from 44 unique blocks of Cuvaison’s estate vineyard—each and everyone vinified separately. Considering all the hard work that went into the making of this wine, funny that its so darn easy to sip!
As time marches on and all anybody can talk about in wine-drinking circles is sustainable farming and estate-owned vineyards, it’s a shocker to realize that ever since the winery was established in 1969, Cuvaison has only ever made wine from their sustainably farmed, estate-owned vineyard in Carneros.
“A great midweek wine that works for larger gatherings as well, it's a great example of cool-climate fruit that isn't overdone in oak or ripeness,” writes the Wine Enthusiast.
Four reasons we love it:
- Cuvaison farms and harvests their estate vineyard in Carneros following a block-by-block practice whereby each distinct plot is brought into the winery at its ideal moment and vinified all on its own.
- This Carneros estate has been owned by the Schmidheiny family, natives of Switzerland, since 1979.
- Always a steward of the environment, the winery installed 1,428 solar panels in 2007 as part of its green initiative.
- The 2014 vintage for Carneros Chardonnay was exceptionally successful, earning 94 points from the Wine Enthusiast
An elegant and balanced vintage, the 2014 Chardonnay is quintessential Cuvaison.
Given the sunny growing season, the wine has richer tones of honeysuckle, apricot, white peach, and beeswax. The flavors are lush and mouth-filling with notes of nectarine, lemon zest, almond and toasty oak
From the winery...
Established in 1969, Cuvaison is a Napa Valley estate vineyard and winery that produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown exclusively on its certified sustainable vineyard in Carneros, Napa Valley. Dedicated to a philosophy of producing vineyard-driven wines, Cuvaison employs block by block farming methods and a hand-crafted vineyard-to-bottle winemaking approach. Created from blocks that have been vinified separately by Winemaker Steve Rogstad, Cuvaison wines are consistently balanced and approachable, favoring nuance and complexity over sheer power and ripeness.
History & Ownership
Cuvaison has been shaped profoundly by its current owners, the Schmidheiny family of Switzerland who purchased the winery in 1979. When Thomas Schmidheiny's mother visited the Carneros region in the late 1970's, she was so taken with the landscape and its potential for winegrowing that she brought a soil sample home to show her family. A year later, Thomas purchased the Carneros estate where Cuvaison now makes its home. In the years since, the family has thoughtfully re-invested all profits in the vineyard and winery, consistently providing the support needed to produce the highest quality grapes and wines. Cuvaison is locally-managed by a seasoned team that includes Dan Zepponi, named CEO in 2016, and Steve Rogstad, who was appointed Winemaker in 2002.
Pairs well with roast chicken, seafood with lemon/citrus sauces and creamy portions of pasta.