Cuvaison is a name many are familiar with when it comes to Napa Valley wines. It is a renowned estate and an idyllic property in Carneros. The winery is celebrating its golden anniversary this year, making it one of the rare handful of Napa Valley wineries to achieve this milestone. Cuvaison stands out as one of the more unique wineries, as they are one of the few wineries that remain independent and family owned.
Cuvaison has helped define the Napa landscape since 1969. Making cool climate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the Carneros region. Originally founded by Thomas Parkhill and Thomas Cottrell, Cuvaison’s inaugural vintage of Napa Valley Chardonnay was crafted in 1969. Ten years later, the Schmidheiny family of Switzerland purchased the winery. The Cuvaison vineyards span 200 planted acres and are carved into 40 distinctive blocks of Chardonnay and more than 20 blocks of Pinot Noir. The various blocks are not only visually stunning, but also deliver wines with lovely nuances and layered complexity.
Celebrating Fifty Years
Cuvaison celebrates 50 years of winemaking this year, and its wines are still as dynamic, celebrated, and revered as when they first started making wines. To honor this important anniversary, Cuvaison created a one-of-a-kind anniversary auction lot for the 2019 Auction Napa Valley, which was sold for a bid of $170,000. The winery will also be hosting a number of special events and experiences throughout 2019.
Winemaker Steve Rogstad
Since 2002, Cuvaison wines have been crafted by their gifted winemaker, Steve Rogstad. Having spent most of winemaking career in Carneros, at La Crema, Saintsbury and Clos Pegase, he has mastered the land, the terroir and the art of making cool climate wines. Steve is an artisan winemaker who makes very small lot wines, to preserve the unique character of each clone of rootstock. Steve says, “Great wines don’t come from a single vintage—they are the culmination of years of knowledge and experience.”
Cuvaison is crafting benchmark Chardonnays that are balanced, elegant and indicative of its unique terroir. Their Pinot Noirs have also garnered huge acclaim. The Cuvaison Pinot Noirs, like their Chardonnays are beautifully vibrant, with alluring aromas, lush textures and generous fruit.
The estate Chardonnay has a bright golden hue. There are rich fruity aromas in the glass, with notes of apple, pear, vanilla and spice. The same notes follow through on the palate with creamy textures and bright acidity. This is a lovely rich Chardonnay, that is balanced and elegant.
This 100% estate grown Pinot Noir is lush and vibrant. The wine is intensely aromatic with notes of cherries, raspberries, black fruit and licorice. The palate is rich, with dark fruit, blackberries, and cloves. With silky tannins, it leaves a nice long finish.