Cuvaison Estate Wines (Calistoga) is an intimate winery located near the northern part of the Silverado trail on the east side of the road at 4550 Silverado Trail North. They are one of a select few Napa wineries to have two wineries and two tasting facilities. Lots of oak trees grace this property which sits on the edge of the hills just above the valley floor. The word “cuvaison” is French and refers to the period of time during fermentation when the fermenting juice is kept in contact with the seeds and skins so as to transfer color, structure and aroma to the actual wine. There is an interesting story to how the winery was purchased. Adda Schmidheiny was visiting San Francisco and happened upon a bus tour going to the Napa Valley. She requested permission to come on board and after enjoying several quality Napa wines she took some dirt back in a silk handkerchief to Switzerland to present to her family. This was the initial impetus for getting into the California wine business! The Schmidheiny’s also purchased 400 acres in Carneros and much later additional land in the Mt. Veeder appellation. Their family has a long history (since 1912) of running a hugely successful International concrete and aggregate company (Holcim LTD). The family enjoys wine of course – besides Cuvaison they own Chapel Hill Winery in Australia and additional vineyards in Argentina and Switzerland. Our estate grown wines capture the uniqueness of our Carneros and Mount Veeder estate vineyards and reflect the finest attributes of each vintage. From vine to bottle, we do our best to maximize our sustainability efforts in order to minimize the impact on our environment.
Lemon colour of medium intensity. Clearly enriched by time in oak, the colour allows the legs to be seen clearly when it is swirled. Ripe and quite full on the nose, this Chardonnay shows youthful aromas of lemon citrus and ripe white peach, along with notes of vanilla and fresh cream. Carried through to the palate the flavours joined by an attractive nuttiness and a sense of spice (ginger and cinnamon). Texturally smooth and fairly weighty, the wine slides across the palate on limited but sufficient acidity. Showing good intensity, length and complexity, a thoroughly accomplished wine.