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Cupcake Chardonnay Central Coast 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

The Chardonnay was crafted to emphasize the Central Coast’s crisp and vibrant Chardonnay character. A malolactic fermentation was used and then left the wine sur lie to create a wine that is both rich, full, creamy, toasty, and soft. Premium Fermentation Techniques Barrel Fermentation — By using this process of fermentation it created a more controlled environment for the wine where the flavors become more harmonized. It also enhanced the golden Chardonnay colors, adds a creamy texture, and provided subtle toasty oak and spice flavors to the finished wine. Malolactic Fermentation — This process, where the malic acid was altered by natural means into lactic acid, reduces the wine’s acidity and imparts a buttery, rich flavor to the wine.

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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

Member Reviews for Cupcake Chardonnay Central Coast

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Snooth User: moonbliss
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5.00 5
07/24/2011

Ordered a bottle of this on my boyfriends birthday in place of desert because of the name. We were pleasenty surprised and it is now our new favorite chardonnay.


4.00 5
03/28/2014

(Review of Cupcake Angel Food) Adam Richardson does it again, complex, slightly sweet in a subtle way, hints of all different kinds of fruit... peach, pineapple, melon, a hint of sauv. blanc in there but mostly chardonnay I'm told, finish tastes like a peach cobbler with whipped cream. There is next to no acidity on the finish which makes this different from most whites I can think of. Very good 88 pts.


Snooth User: Clare Goggin Sivits
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0.00 5
04/15/2012

Dark fruit flavors along with hints of oak and cocoa.


Snooth User: JustSayin
1119394129
2.50 5
07/22/2012

Classic Chardonnay tastes..if less pronounced than the more expensive Chardonnay's. I'm not a fan of an over the top Oak/Smoke/Toast finish of some Chardonnay's...so I enjoyed the underplayed flavor from that perspective. Still I'd like something to come up an fill the void more on the nose and palate. Overall...I like it, and wouldn't mind this being the house Chardonnay (versus the Franzia box I bought just to have around...probable the last time). Second tasting from the same bottle...2 days elapsed...I like it!! for those whoe aren't enamored with the full-on Chardonnay back-end...this is a stellar compromise (and perhaps an introductory Chardonnay). My wife wasn't a fan...though truth be told...Riunite (-"on ice...that's nice") and Bartles and James (google it for you young-ins), was more her taste in the day). Definately more bottles coming my way, especially at the at price (yes...I'm ...frugal).


Snooth User: Gretchen Marie
1060797112
3.00 5
03/25/2012

Appearance: Clear - Deep lemon (hint of green - indicating youth) - thin legs Nose: Clean - light intensity - Citrus, tropical fruit (mango), oak/buttery aroma Palate: Dry - Medium acidity - Low Tannin - Medium body - Medium length - Citrus, tropical, Vanilla, Oak, Buttery flavors


Snooth User: twinmommy21
101950433
3.00 5
01/16/2012

I tried the 2009 and the 2010...both were good but I prefer the 2010 for some reason. Less oaky. Sweet chard, great with desserts or as an aperitif.


Snooth User: kimberlyaurora
649403661
3.00 5
12/20/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Cupcake Chardonnay Central Coast

External Review
09/27/2011

Citrus blossom and grapefruit pith offers fresh, snappy acidity and tangerine-laced flavors that end with a clean, refreshing finish. Drink now.


External Review
08/25/2011

Cupcake Chardonnay was crafted to emphasize the Central Coast's creamy and structured Chardonnay character. It starts off with a touch of apple, a hint of tropical fruits and is complimented by a balance of vanilla and spice. We used malolactic fermentation with aging in small barrels to provide a rich mid palate that develops into a long, smooth, satisfying finish.


External Review
09/27/2011

Appropriately named, Cupcake Chardonnay is what one would think of when eating the delectable dessert... butter, vanilla, rich, creamy with a touch of sweetness. This wine comes from sunny California's Central Coast, undergoing malolactic fermentation to round it out and create a smooth mouthfeel. It is aged in American oak for nine months to grant it a little more structure. It goes beautifully with calamari, crab cakes or fried shrimp. Served in most of the local Allentown restaurants by the glass - save your money and get it here!


External Review
11/27/2012

It starts off with a touch of apple, a hint of tropical fruits and is complimented by a balance of vanilla and spice. We used malolactic fermentation with aging in small barrels to provide a rich mid palate that develops into a long and smooth finish.


External Review
09/23/2011

"Decadent levels of butter


External Review
07/06/2011

Tasting Notes: Cupcake Chardonnay was crafted to emphasize the Central Coast s creamy and structured Chardonnay character. It starts off with a touch of apple, a hint of tropical fruits and is complimented by a balance of vanilla and spice. We used malolactic fermentation with aging in small barrels to provide a rich mid palate that develops into a long, smooth, satisfying finish.


External Review
09/27/2011

Supple ripe pear and white peach notes, with subtle spicy nuances, make this a soft, easy-drinking wine. Drink now.


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We work hard to bring you the biggest, richest Chardonnay from California’s desirable Central Coast, where the sundrenched grapes create full and elegantly-textured wines. Decadent levels of butter, cream, bright citrus and vanilla melt into a balance of oak and subtle spice. In other words: Delicious.

The Chardonnay was crafted to emphasize the Central Coast’s crisp and vibrant Chardonnay character. A malolactic fermentation was used and then left the wine sur lie to create a wine that is both rich, full, creamy, toasty, and soft. Premium Fermentation Techniques Barrel Fermentation — By using this process of fermentation it created a more controlled environment for the wine where the flavors become more harmonized. It also enhanced the golden Chardonnay colors, adds a creamy texture, and provided subtle toasty oak and spice flavors to the finished wine. Malolactic Fermentation — This process, where the malic acid was altered by natural means into lactic acid, reduces the wine’s acidity and imparts a buttery, rich flavor to the wine.

80000 cases produced.

Notes: 100% American Oak Aged for 9 months in premium American oak barrels added richness and complexity to the wine.


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