Cupcake Shiraz 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

We harvested these tiny berries in the early morning and trucked them over to the crush pad. A dense, full-bodied red wine, crafted from the coolest Central Coast areas, this Petite Sirah is anything but petite in flavor. Bursting with dark cherry, blackberry and bittersweet espresso notes, it has a creamy mouthfeel derived by aging a portion of the wine in small oak barrels.

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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 Shiraz

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4.50 5
04/11/2011

Really nice and smooth, dark chocolate, blueberry, raspberry, a touch of sweetness and a great value for $10-11. The smoothness on the finish reminds me of Estancia Merlot, a velvety finish. It is very rich with dark fruit & dark chocolate and made in a similar style to Cupcake's outstanding Malbec. A second bottle was just a good as the first and a real crowd pleaser. As a label with most of their wines around $11, Cupcake is hard to beat no matter what variety you're drinking, either white, red, or sparkling.


Snooth User: ConnieJ
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5.00 5
02/14/2011

I like most Cupcake Wines but, I found this one particularly good. We had with steaks and later chocolate. It's a very good wine, well balanced and full of flavor.


Snooth User: poconopixie
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2.00 5
12/11/2011

** EDIT 7/28/2011: The last few bottles of this wine I bought were thin, oversweet and a bit too acidic. I thought the first bottle was a fluke, but after the second bottle, bought several weeks later from a different store I can say I won't buy this again.


Snooth User: Malita33
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2.50 5
06/11/2011

True to it's name it creates a velvety texture on the palate and leaves one wanting more


Snooth User: dabriza
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3.00 5
11/12/2011

Very fruity and thin. Quite drinkable but not very complex. A good beginner red wine that should please most of a crowd.


Snooth User: Fisher7
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0.00 5
09/24/2012

My go-to nightly table wine...delish!


Snooth User: Randy Craig
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0.00 5
01/28/2012

Dark red color; alcohol odor with white pepper notes; taste is lightly sweet and fruity with light bitterness. Though only as a beginner in understanding wines, this is the best description without copying the bottle label that I can provide.


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External Reviews for Cupcake Shiraz

External Review
09/23/2011

Our Cupcake Barossa Valley Shiraz has a dark and inky garnet color with a nose of plums and blackberry jam. Black fruit mix with creamy chocolate on the palate and just a touch of black pepper that lingers after a long dry finish. Its reminiscent of a chocolate mocha and blackberry cupcake.


External Review
09/23/2011

"The Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah has a dark


External Review
09/23/2011

"Deep rich fruit


External Review
06/09/2012

Cupcake Shiraz has a dark and inky garnet color with a nose of ripe plums and blackberry jam. It follows with a full palate of creamy fruit, mocha and just a touch of black pepper that lingers. It is reminiscent of a chocolate mocha and blackberry cupcake.


External Review
11/21/2011

We harvested these tiny berries in the early morning and trucked them over to the crush pad. The Central Coast is well known for warm days and cool nights, which allow the fruit to fully develop. This wine starts with aromas of pomegranate, boysenberry and blueberries that evolve into flavors of spice accentuated by rich dark chocolate. With a creamy, rich body, this wine finishes in a long and soft manner. Serve it with a juicy pork tenderloin with a Petite Sirah reduction. - Winery



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Tasting Notes:

This wine is reminiscent of a dark chocolate cupcake with a vanilla berry coulis. Pairs deliciously with a triple berry mousse or a mushroom risotto with black truffles.

We harvested these tiny berries in the early morning and trucked them over to the crush pad. A dense, full-bodied red wine, crafted from the coolest Central Coast areas, this Petite Sirah is anything but petite in flavor. Bursting with dark cherry, blackberry and bittersweet espresso notes, it has a creamy mouthfeel derived by aging a portion of the wine in small oak barrels.

14000 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.56 grams per liter

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