Color: Bright, light straw with crisp golden highlights.
Nose: Nectarine, apricot, honeysuckle and citrus fruit.
Palate: Layered stone fruit, lemon meringue with hints of toast and allspice
Cuvaisonís Carneros Chardonnay comes from our 400-acre estate in the southern part of Napa Valley. This cool climate vineyard allows us nearly perfect conditions year after year to produce world class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. 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 oneís emphasis.Ē
Harvest Dates: August 31 Ė October 8
Age of Vines: 4 - 22 years
Fermentation: 15 - 40 days
Type of Fermentation: Barrel fermentation
Fermentation Temperature: 60 - 72 degrees F
Alcohol Level: 14.2%
pH Level: 3.40
Residual Sugar Level: Dry
Acid Level: 0.65 grams/100 mls.
Aging Process: 8 months in small French oak barrels 40% new French oak
Cellar Lifespan: Approximately 3 - 5 years