Cupcake Chardonnay 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

The sauvignon blanc grapes were harvested at night and gently crushed. After a cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine underwent an extended sur lies to embolden the richness in the body and softness on the mid palate, complimenting the natural zestiness and acidic structure of these Marlborough grapes.

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Cupcake Vineyards:
Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights as the fog rolls in off of the Pacific Ocean. It’s this cooling influence that slows the growing process, increasing the time the grapes “hang” on the vine and thereby allow our grapes to mature a little slower than in hotter regions. Slow growth and cool weather leads to a more bal... Read more
Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights as the fog rolls in off of the Pacific Ocean. It’s this cooling influence that slows the growing process, increasing the time the grapes “hang” on the vine and thereby allow our grapes to mature a little slower than in hotter regions. Slow growth and cool weather leads to a more balanced level of acids and sugars, thereby adding to the complexity and structure of the wines of the Central Coast. This region is poised to become one of the newest and most exciting viticultural opportunities in the coming years. This slow pace continues in our cellar where we take the time to craft wines that are complex, rewarding and hand made. Gentle pressing, cool fermentation, malolactic fermentation, and long barrel aging in small barriques allow us to elevate our wines so that they are rich, creamy and downright delicious. Our winemaker, Adam Richardson has since added a few additional wines from other cool climate regions to augment our portfolio and match up with additional cupcake profiles, like our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley Riesling, and Mendoza Malbec. Go ahead, live deliciously. Read less
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Member Reviews for Cupcake Chardonnay

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Snooth User: StukNlodi
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0.50 5
03/28/2014

Kak - the label indicates flavors of butter cream and vanilla; serve with crab cakes. Really? I wouldn't ruin a crab cake with this. All I can taste is mildew dishrag. Chard is Nard - cracker please.


Snooth User: kimberlyaurora
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3.00 5
01/07/2013

simple tangy citrus lemon upfront to light melon. not spectacular, but easy and super fresh and light. very easy to drink.


Snooth User: cwhittington
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5.00 5
01/15/2012

One of our favorite reds, period. We had the Cupcake Merlot for dinner tonight, and it is also very good--more tannins and spice.


Snooth User: mike1985
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4.00 5
11/11/2010

Clean and crisp with a citrus bite! This wine is delicious especially paired with a sweet and creamy treat like cheesecake, or something more savory like an herbed and grilled wood plank salmon.


Snooth User: clinthoang
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4.00 5
08/13/2011

Good stable.


Snooth User: kellynapolitano
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2.50 5
12/04/2012

Being a fan of sauvignon blanc I was pretty disappointed when I cracked open this bottle. It was bitter and left an awkward after taste in my mouth. The hint of grapefruit was there. Semi dry and not overly sweet.


Snooth User: twinmommy21
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4.50 5
01/16/2012

Surprised that I loved it this much. I like more peppery wines, but even though it is more mellow, it was still full bodied. Delicious but has been sold out where I live. Had to order a half a case! Can't wait :)


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External Reviews for Cupcake Chardonnay

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

It's the long cool seasons in the South Island that allows Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc grapes to mature slowly, giving the wine levels of complexity and a vibrant zing. This Sauvignon Blanc is reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake. It's made up of integrated flavors of Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite There are hints of grapefruit, gooseberry and citrus, and comes together with a long, creamy finish.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

Rich and enticing, the Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon is a balance between generous profiles of fruit and oak. This full-bodied yet smooth Cabernet Sauvignon displays soft tannins, with primary fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and plums. The dark fruits melt with the flavors of mocha and toasty oak before ending with a long and silky finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/30/2013

Our vineyard works hard to bring you the zestiest,most refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the cool Marlborough Valley. Here the grapes mature slowly, giving them complexity and a vibrant zing, reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake. The aromas are integrated, delighting the senses with flavors of Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite. Serve chilled with oysters on the half shell or with a rich, creamy lobster risotto. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/20/2013

Our vineyard works hard to bring you the zestiest,most refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the cool Marlborough Valley. Here the grapes mature slowly, giving them complexity and a vibrant zing, reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake. The aromas are integrated, delighting the senses with flavors of Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite. Serve chilled with oysters on the half shell or with a rich, creamy lobster risotto. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/12/2014

A big, rich wine from California's Central Coast, our full and elegantly textured Chardonnay has decadent levels of butter, cream, bright citrus and vanilla. These layers melt into a balance of oak and subtle spice. This wine epitomizes the Central Coast's crisp and vibrant Chardonnay character. We use a malolactic fermentation to impart rich buttery flavor, then leave the wine sur lie to achieve a full, soft body. Aging for nine months in premium American oak barrels enhances the golden color, adds creamy texture, and injects nuances of subtle toasty oak and spice. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/11/2014

Appellation: Central Coast, California Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Cupcake vineyard works hard to craft the richest, smoothest and elegantly-textured wines. This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon shows soft tannins, with primary fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and cassis. These levels of dark fruits melt with the tastes of cocoa and toasty oak and ends with a long, smooth and silky finish. - Winery Food Pairing Recommendations: Serve with venison glazed with a Cabernet Sauvignon sauce or baked brie drizzled with honey. Winemaking Notes: The Cabernet Sauvignon was cool fermented with frequent pump-overs in the early stages of fermentation to extract the soft tannins and color during the aqueous phase. Then the grape skins were pressed before the fermentation reached dryness to maintain the wine’s lush tannin structure. The must was kept cool during fermentation to help create a slower fermentation and allowed the wine to retain more aromatic properties as well as complexity of flavor and body. The wine was then aged in premium American oak barrels – adding richness and complexity.



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The sauvignon blanc grapes were harvested at night and gently crushed. After a cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine underwent an extended sur lies to embolden the richness in the body and softness on the mid palate, complimenting the natural zestiness and acidic structure of these Marlborough grapes.

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