Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc
This winery has been taking hold of our market bit by bit and it is easy to understand the reason- they are serious about good wine and good value. It is likely that we will see this winery again. They are 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 allows the 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 the cellar where they 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 the winery to elevate the wines so that they are rich, creamy and downright delicious. Winemaker, Adam Richardson has added a few additional wines from other cool climate regions from around the world to augment the portfolio and match up with additional cupcake profiles, like the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley Riesling, and Mendoza Malbec. We know of no other winery that has accomplished this as well and as economically as Cupcake (these types of ventures usually start at $20 per bt. & up).
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
“Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc comes from the cool Marlborough valley of New Zealand. Here the grapes mature slowly, giving them complexity and a vibrant zing, reminiscent of your grandma’s lemon chiffon cupcake. The flavors are integrated, delighting the senses with Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite. This wine pairs well with oysters on a half shell or with a rich and succulent Lobster Risotto.”
PLATINUM- 2010 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
CHAIRMAN'S AWARD, UNANIMOUS GOLD- 2010 Riverside International Wine Competition
GOLD- 2010 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
SILVER- 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition
SILVER- 2010 Monterey Wine Competition
SILVER- 2010 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
It’s California made wine by way of the “pinnacle” for Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand!