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2012 CUVAISON Estate Chardonnay
Carneros ~ Napa Valley

$19.90

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“Sip the elegance of Napa Valley with the 2012 Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay. Experience the richness of Carneros in a glass – vibrant orchard fruits, subtle vanilla, and a lasting finish. Elevate your moment with Cuvaison. Indulge now in this timeless Chardonnay.”

Volume: 750 ML | 14.1% ABV

8 in stock

Wine Enthusiast – 88 Points

This longtime Carneros producer sources from dozens of its own blocks to put together this estate Chardonnay. Intense in floral aromas as well as peach and lemon, it’s dusted only slightly in clove and a light barrel imprint. Bright on the tongue and on the finish, it’s a food-friendly wine that will complement. Oct/2014 —Virginie Boone

Description

The 2012 Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay from the Carneros region is a luminous expression of the California terroir, carefully crafted by the renowned Cuvaison winery. This vintage, hailing from the cool-climate Carneros AVA, is a testament to Cuvaison’s commitment to producing exceptional Chardonnay that showcases both varietal character and the unique characteristics of its vineyard.

In the glass, the wine exhibits a golden straw hue, offering a glimpse into the richness that awaits. The nose is greeted with an inviting bouquet of ripe orchard fruits, including juicy pear and golden apple, complemented by subtle notes of citrus blossom and a delicate touch of vanilla from oak aging.

On the palate, the 2012 Estate Chardonnay unfolds with layers of complexity. Luscious flavors of tropical fruits, ripe peach, and a hint of honey are seamlessly integrated with well-balanced acidity, providing vibrancy and freshness. The judicious use of French oak imparts a creamy texture and subtle hints of baking spices, enhancing the overall structure and contributing to a lingering, satisfying finish.

The 2012 vintage, characterized by optimal growing conditions, allowed the grapes to achieve full ripeness, resulting in a wine of exceptional depth and elegance. This Chardonnay is a true reflection of Cuvaison’s dedication to sustainable farming practices and meticulous winemaking techniques.

For enthusiasts seeking a Chardonnay that embodies the essence of Carneros, the 2012 Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay is an invitation to savor the beauty of California’s wine country. Whether enjoyed now or allowed to evolve with time, this vintage is a testament to the artistry of Cuvaison and the bountiful terroir of Carneros.

Established in 1969 by Thomas Cotrell and Thomas Parkhill, Cuvaison Estate Wines has been a pioneer in crafting exceptional cool-climate wines in the heart of Napa Valley. Originally drawn to the Carneros region, they recognized the potential of this unique terroir for producing high-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Cuvaison quickly gained a reputation for its commitment to sustainable and organic farming practices, becoming one of the first estates in Napa Valley to adopt these principles. This dedication to environmental stewardship not only underscores their respect for the land but also contributes to the expression of the vineyard’s distinct characteristics in each bottle.

The estate’s portfolio focuses on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with vineyards meticulously tended to ensure optimal grape development. Cuvaison’s commitment to precision winemaking is evident in their state-of-the-art winery, equipped with modern technology to capture the essence of the fruit while maintaining the elegance and balance that define their wines.

Over the decades, Cuvaison has consistently produced wines that showcase the beauty of Carneros, balancing richness and freshness in every sip. Their estate wines, including the celebrated Chardonnays, have garnered acclaim for their purity of fruit, complexity, and the seamless integration of oak.

As a family-owned winery, Cuvaison’s legacy continues with the stewardship of the Schmidheiny family, who acquired the estate in the 1970s. Today, Cuvaison Estate Wines stands as a testament to the enduring commitment to quality, sustainability, and innovation, inviting wine enthusiasts to experience the essence of Carneros in every glass.

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