Cupcake Riesling 2009

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This years Cupcake Dry Riesling is bold, with the luscious aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and nectarine. We maintain a regimen of stirring the wine on its lees to add a creamy mid palate and long subtle finish. True to form, this wine finishes with length and leaves one wanting another glass. Enjoy with any and all Asian cuisine, shellfish risotto, or a spicy chicken tagine.

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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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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Member Reviews for Cupcake Riesling

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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.50 5
04/08/2010

The main component here is a very tart granny smith apple cider. Great for summer nights and pairing with Thai food. Could use a little more bottle age. In a year this will mellow out and be spectacular.


Snooth User: Lady Dragonsinger
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0.00 5
09/18/2011

Finding it rather bland and lacking distinctive taste of any kind


Snooth User: Biolobri
42877131
3.00 5
11/30/2010

Was very acidic and lemony at first, which put me off to it. It sat in the fridge as a cooking wine until I felt I needed a white to accompany a meal and it was the only white left. Seemed sweeter and was more pleasant the second time around, maybe hints of honey? I can't be sure it was the wine opening up that changed the flavor (it may have been my palette).

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  • Snooth User: curbie
    1168645
    2.00 5
    04/07/2011

    A nice nose that blends floral notes with layered orchard and citrus fruits. This smells fresh and snappy. Rather lean on entry with vibrant acidity and a nice mineral/machine oil edge to the almond milk-edged citrus fruits. This has nice inner mouth perfumes and real succulent acids. It’s pretty dry with just enough sugar to give the acidity some buffering and lend this some flesh. Finishes a bit on the short side. 86pts MINERAL/MACHINE OIL EDGE ?!??!? what kind of description is this. I dont want to drink machine oil !!!! no thanks, I'll stay away from this one. BAD BAD description !!!!


    Snooth User: kjmur
    91563922
    3.00 5
    08/16/2011

    Three glasses


    External Reviews for Cupcake Riesling

    07/05/2011

    "Rating: 80/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. There may be a tentative bit of candied fruit to be found in the nose here


    11/12/2010

    Rating: 80/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. There may be a tentative bit of candied fruit to be found in the nose here, but its bitter, overly acidic, fruitless flavors remind as much of thin, unsweetened lemonade as of anything else, and the wine is easily avoided.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


    External Review
    09/27/2011

    Light and jazzy, with lots of peach and apple flavors, finishing with hints of cream and clove. Drink now.


    External Review
    09/27/2011

    From Yakima Valley grapes, this is a solidly made Riesling with just a trace of sweetness. Citrus fruits, lemon oil and hints of tea and honey fill out the palate, which has a pleasing roundness.



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    This years Cupcake Dry Riesling is bold, with the luscious aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and nectarine. We maintain a regimen of stirring the wine on its lees to add a creamy mid palate and long subtle finish. True to form, this wine finishes with length and leaves one wanting another glass. Enjoy with any and all Asian cuisine, shellfish risotto, or a spicy chicken tagine.

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