Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah Central Coast 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

After harvesting the grapes, the berries were gently pressed and drained to limit the skin contact. This allowed the wine to maximize the potential for the fruit and minimize the longer and harder tannins. The majority of this wine was composed of “free run” juice and contributed to the soft and rich quality of the finished wine. A very special yeast was used to enhance the fruit and structure in the wine. Most of the wine then went into barrels made of French and American oak for twelve months, while the other portion was kept in tank. Then the wine was blended at bottling.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah Central Coast

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,184
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/09/2010

Rather simple on the nose with a creamy, spicy rendition of the blueberry riff, smelling a bit like Pop-Tarts. A bit sweet up front, but suitably rich, round and soft. Quite well put-together actually and a rather rich mouthful of wine, though it does feel and taste a bit extracted. It’s a biggish yet simple wine with a vanilla and blueberry mid-palate and a little sweet/tannic tension on the modest finish. 84pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,184
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2010

Perfumy floral nose over blueberry fruit with some gingery wood spice tones. Lightish body for a Petite, but balanced with crisp tannins and nice acid balance. It's a bit thin across the mid-palate but offers up some nice zesty cranberry fruit with a short finish. 84pts


Member Reviews for Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah Central Coast

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Snooth User: Matthew Keats
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 05/12/2013

Very good, should try Linsy!


Snooth User: matthewjk
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 09/18/2012

Very nice showing from a vineyard I've never encountered in battle before. Everything is in balance, from spectrum of dark fruits, to just the right amount of complimentary acidity. Nice bargain and I would consider picking up another bottle in their lineup.


Snooth User: king fish
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/30/2012

Rich and certainly creamy, this red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cab Sauv and Petite Sirah is a bold wine, with plenty of length. Deep, tight tannins coat your tongue as flavours of chocolate, blackerries, and coffee penetrate. Available at the LCBO for roughly 15 bucks, would pair very well with venison, beef, or dark chocolate.


Snooth User: Ivesreeves
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/30/2012

Delightfully deep hue for a simple table red. As dark as a James M. Cain novel, this wine might just be equally as schizophrenic. Is it a Zin? A Merlot? Or do I detect a discreet Syrah? Sip the mystery for under 10 bucks and decide for yourself.


Snooth User: jhuhn1
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 06/01/2012

Talk about smooth...this is a very smooth, dry wine with a mouthful of chocolate and berry! Gotta love it!


Snooth User: Chuck DeLuca
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 09/30/2012

Inexpensive, yet very good. An excellent before dinner wine to serve to guests or to have at night to wind down


Snooth User: larrytheunicorn
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 06/04/2012

Really enjoyed this wine. Not too strong, but has some real flavor. Yummy!


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External Reviews for Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah Central Coast

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/24/2014

Red Velvet is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah; each variety lending structure, aroma, depth of flavor and a long creamy finish to this wine. The grapes were harvested from some of the finest vineyards of California's viticultural areas; each picked for their ability to engender these grapes with distinct characteristics that will add to this blend. Each varietal was fermented separately and later blended and put through a unique oak regime that imparts a certain creaminess. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/12/2013

Blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah,delivers over-the-top aromas of chocolate, deep dark blackberries and luscious red fruits that follow through to the palate.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/29/2012

Head of Winemaking for Cupcake Vineyards, native Australian Adam Richardson has been making wine around the world for more than a dozen years.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/30/2011

Red Velvet is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah; each variety lending structure, aroma, depth of flavor and a long creamy finish to this wine. The grapes were harvested from some of the finest vineyards of California's viticultural areas; each picked for their ability to engender these grapes with distinct characteristics that will add to this blend. Each varietal was fermented separately and later blended and put through a unique oak regime that imparts a certain creaminess. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/23/2011

"Deep rich fruit


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2009 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
Vintage: 2009 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.


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Tasting Notes:

We harvested these tiny berries in the early morning and transported the grapes 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. This wine is reminiscent of a dark chocolate cupcake with a vanilla berry coulis.

After harvesting the grapes, the berries were gently pressed and drained to limit the skin contact. This allowed the wine to maximize the potential for the fruit and minimize the longer and harder tannins. The majority of this wine was composed of “free run” juice and contributed to the soft and rich quality of the finished wine. A very special yeast was used to enhance the fruit and structure in the wine. Most of the wine then went into barrels made of French and American oak for twelve months, while the other portion was kept in tank. Then the wine was blended at bottling.

13,000 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.66
Total Acidity: 0.72 grams per liter

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