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Cupcake Vineyards Merlot San Luis Obispo County 2008

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The Mirassou California Merlot displays luscious fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry. These primary flavors are augmented with secondary flavors of vanilla, toasty oak and brown spices. The addition of Zinfandel and Syrah varietals contribute to a full-bodied mouth feel and lingering, smooth finish. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but should be able to age in the bottle for up to three years if carefully cellared. Finished Wine Offering fresh fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry, balanced with elegant toasty aromas and hints of spice, Mirassou California Merlot is a bright expression of California's most celebrated growing regions

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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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Snooth User: dynowine
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2.50 5
06/23/2010

Tasted from a plastic cylindrical cup at a trade show. Quite sweet, definitely off-dry, full-bodied, initial inviting aroma of fresh bread and fruit, on the palate had ripe rich sweet fruit, a dash of complexity (spice, earth or fig, layered fruit), and a decent finish. Hard to get around the gummy sweetness (not syrupy, just not dry to me). Probably just fine for the party circuit, and the price was good (no charge).


4.00 5
01/10/2011

I'm not a huge fan of Merlot but for $8 or $9 I paid for it, this wine is all cherries and cinnamon, two flavors I just love. I suspect Cupcake might be adding some spice to make their wines so tasty, but everything I've tried with the Cupcake label has been excellent. I almost want to go higher than 4/5 but I guess the wines are just not complex enough to earn a higher score. For the price I don't think you can do better than anything with the Cupcake label. I would put any Cupcake wine I've tried recently right up there with Clos du Bois, another great label that is usually $15, versus Cupcakes $9 price tag.


Snooth User: Steve Rankin
8517868
4.00 5
06/03/2011

Nice a fruity on the tongue, Very smooth finish, not acid. Will definitely stock up on this wine. One of my favorites.


Snooth User: sheriiodice
6984915
3.00 5
12/27/2010

Good not mature


Snooth User: markreno
73924122
4.00 5
01/21/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Cupcake Vineyards Merlot San Luis Obispo County

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09/24/2010

Luscious fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry. These primary flavors are augmented with secondary flavors of vanilla, toasty oak and spices including clove and nutmeg. The addition of complementary varietals contributes to a velvety mouth feel and lingering, smooth finish. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but should be able to age in the bottle for up to three years.



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The Mirassou California Merlot displays luscious fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry. These primary flavors are augmented with secondary flavors of vanilla, toasty oak and brown spices. The addition of Zinfandel and Syrah varietals contribute to a full-bodied mouth feel and lingering, smooth finish. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but should be able to age in the bottle for up to three years if carefully cellared. Finished Wine Offering fresh fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry, balanced with elegant toasty aromas and hints of spice, Mirassou California Merlot is a bright expression of California's most celebrated growing regions

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