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Gloria Ferrer Carneros Cuvee United States 1999

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1999 vintage was noteworthy for us as the first year in which we experienced low crop yields that occurred naturally, without any cluster thinning. Normally, a small crop tends to ripen more quickly, but the long, mild growing season extended hang time as we waited from one week to ten days longer than in an average year to harvest, allowing high grape acids to come into ideal balance. The combination of small crop and greater hang time produced truly mature grapes of outstanding quality, with intense flavor concentration and bright acidity. • 100% Carneros appellation fruit • Grapes were whole-cluster pressed to minimize extraction of bitter compounds • The cuvée was made exclusively from free-run juice • The base wines were fermented in stainless steel tanks at 60°F to preserve delicacy • Twelve base wines were carefully blended to create the final cuvée • The wine was aged nine years on the yeast to develop very complex flavors and a pinpoint mousse • Bottle tags have handwritten Tiraged and Disgorged dates

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Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards:
As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old sustainable practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedic... Read more
As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old sustainable practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedicated to Pinot Noir, we are steadfast in our belief that this enigmatic variety brings a timeless grace to our sparkling and estate varietal wines. The Ferrer family’s culture of generosity is expressed in their commitment to high-quality, affordable wines for everyone to enjoy. Celebrate Spain in Sonoma overlooking our Carneros estate vineyards. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, located 40 miles north of San Francisco at the southern tip of the county. While our wines are pure California, our culture is a charismatic blend of vibrant Spanish tradition and casual Sonoma County elegance — providing the ideal entry point for a California wine country experience with a global twist. Guests are encouraged to savor the breathtaking views of Carneros vineyards from our Vista Terrace, while sipping a glass of Gloria Ferrer sparkling or estate varietal wine. Our Sonoma Visitor Center is open every day from 10am - 5pm, with wine service available until 4:45 p.m. Guided winery tours are offered daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Cost is $10 per person and includes 2 sparkling wine tastes. Read less

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11/19/2010

Four glasses


External Reviews for Gloria Ferrer Carneros Cuvee United States

11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Old enough that an edge of tiredness has crept into the complex aromas of caramel, toast, oyster shell and soy, this wine has a strong and insistent mousse as it enters the palate, and those bubbles stay the course all the way to the somewhat dry and papery-flavored finish. Its mix of highs and lows keeps us away, but no one will complain that it lacks either depth or range.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Old enough that an edge of tiredness has crept into the complex aromas of caramel


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Source: NapaCabs.com
07/14/2011

A complex, effusive nose offers ripe apple and rich Asian pear aromas interlaced with bright berry notes, hints of marzipan and biscuity, toasty yeast tones. On the palate, this wine is creamy, plush and remarkably fresh, with layers of lemon curd, baked apple, vanilla and pear flavors intermingling in a very elegant, vibrant and enduring finish.


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Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

WE 95pts - Winemaker Notes - A complex, effusive nose offers ripe apple and rich Asian pear aromas interlaced with bright berry notes, hints of marzipan and biscuity, toasty yeast tones. On the palate, this wine is creamy, plush and remarkably fresh, with layers of lemon curd, baked apple, vanilla and pear flavors intermingling in a very elegant, vibrant and enduring finish.



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A complex, effusive nose offers ripe apple and rich Asian pear aromas interlaced with bright berry notes, hints of marzipan and biscuity, toasty yeast tones. On the palate, this wine is creamy, plush and remarkably fresh, with layers of lemon curd, baked apple, vanilla and pear flavors intermingling in a very elegant, vibrant and enduring finish.

The 1999 vintage was noteworthy for us as the first year in which we experienced low crop yields that occurred naturally, without any cluster thinning. Normally, a small crop tends to ripen more quickly, but the long, mild growing season extended hang time as we waited from one week to ten days longer than in an average year to harvest, allowing high grape acids to come into ideal balance. The combination of small crop and greater hang time produced truly mature grapes of outstanding quality, with intense flavor concentration and bright acidity. • 100% Carneros appellation fruit • Grapes were whole-cluster pressed to minimize extraction of bitter compounds • The cuvée was made exclusively from free-run juice • The base wines were fermented in stainless steel tanks at 60°F to preserve delicacy • Twelve base wines were carefully blended to create the final cuvée • The wine was aged nine years on the yeast to develop very complex flavors and a pinpoint mousse • Bottle tags have handwritten Tiraged and Disgorged dates

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