Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2011

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After the grapes have been harvested, the clusters were put through the hopper and the juice and berries went directly to the tanks. The must was kept cool to help create a slower fermentation and allow the wine to retain more aromatic properties as well as complexity of flavor and body. The juice underwent frequent pump-overs to extract the soft tannins and color during the aqueous phase. The skins and must were pressed right before the wine reached complete dryness to maintain the wine’s lush tannin structure. Finally, the wine was barreled to into premium American oak barrels for aging — adding richness and complexity.

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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 Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast

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Snooth User: Zuiko
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2.50 5
04/26/2013

This is a well extracted, rich style of Chardonnay. It has a good amount of fruit and is of excellent value. It is probably stainless steel fermented.There is some bottle variance here, as I just had one that I would rate an 83. It was much less fruit forward than the first bottle. My rating--- 83--87


Snooth User: Tarasian
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4.00 5
02/01/2013

Love this wine. It goes with everything. And for the price, you can't beat it. Not too sweet, perfect blend.


Snooth User: 1
13742774
0.00 5
09/25/2013

Absolutely terrible wine. This tastes like some type of cleaning agent. The worst wine I have ever had. Overtones of bleach, shoe polish, and a deep flavor of bitter lemon. Enjoy.


Snooth User: leroyvanua
96601312
4.00 5
11/03/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast

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

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
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
01/31/2012

Marlborough, New ZealandDon't judge Cupcake Vineyards by the fanciful name alone because this winery is producing some top values in everyday wines across multiple varietals and regions of the world! Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful expression of this grape from the highly regarded Marlborough appellation of New Zealand. This white wine gem is made from 100% Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. At the northeastern tip of the South Island of New Zealand, Marlborough enjoys a temperate climate with high sunshine hours, moderate day temperatures and cool nights. The region is ideally suited to producing aromatic wines showing strong intensity of grape variety. The long cool season allows the grapes to mature slowly, giving them complexity and a vibrant zing reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake! Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc is pale yellow-green in color. It is crisp and light with aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and citrus and boasts rich flavors of Meyer lemons and Key limes. It is crisp and clean on a long finish that awakens the appetite.Enjoy Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc over the next 3-4 years with salmon, oysters, grilled vegetables, halibut, crab, chicken, Asian cuisine, and sushi.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"This wine is reminiscent of a lemon chifon cupcake. Its made up of integrated favors of Meyer lemons


External Review
01/03/2013

We work hard to bring you the biggest, richest Chardonnay from California's desirable Central Coast, where the sun drenched 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. Serve chilled with crab cakes, seared Ahi tuna on waffle crackers or fresh-baked French bread and cheese. - Winery


External Review
01/08/2013

Cupcake Vineyards wines were introduced from California s Central Coast and represented a finely crafted, fruit-forward, indulgent and eminently approachable style of wine. Cupcake Vineyards encourages everyone to Live Deliciously.


External Review
02/06/2013

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
11/10/2011

The flavors are integrated, delighting the senses with layer upon layer of Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite. Serve chilled with oysters on a half shell or with a rich and succulent Lobster Risotto.


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Tasting Notes:

It’s the long cool seasons in the South Island that allows our 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.

After the grapes have been harvested, the clusters were put through the hopper and the juice and berries went directly to the tanks. The must was kept cool to help create a slower fermentation and allow the wine to retain more aromatic properties as well as complexity of flavor and body. The juice underwent frequent pump-overs to extract the soft tannins and color during the aqueous phase. The skins and must were pressed right before the wine reached complete dryness to maintain the wine’s lush tannin structure. Finally, the wine was barreled to into premium American oak barrels for aging — adding richness and complexity.

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

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 0.35 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.71 grams per liter

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