2011 Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
This Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2012 SILVER MEDAL winner has been in my sights for quite some time. Cupcake Vineyard wines are hard to avoid in my world as a Wine Steward for a national grocery store chain and now as a liquor store manager [albeit temporary] for the same company. The masses like their Cupcake; be it red’s such as Malbec, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah or their Red Velvet blend in addition to whites such as the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio etc. According to the winemaker; all made in a “fruit forward” style since being introduced in 2008. For more information check out their web-site: http://www.cupcakevineyards.com
The Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc in particular was recently brought to my attention by New Jersey cousins who, it sounds to me, have made this their house white and I can see why. Cork finally popped I discovered what everyone else already seems to know. Good tasting wine at a good price. Our store has it in the $10.00 range with holiday sales bringing it as low as $7.99. It is also available at retailers such as Costco, Total Wine etc. Making it a perfect [Holiday] party serving choice. No wonder this wine is as popular as it is.
I detected very crisp aromas of; pineapple, citrus, green apple and stone fruits on the nose. On the palate I noted; grapefruit! [yes with an exclamation mark], Meyer lemon, tropical white fruits and cantaloupe, but unripe/green.
This is a dry medium body white with good acidity levels lingering on the tongue and a tart finish. If this wine tasted as good as it did with pizza I can only imagine how nicely it would pair with, well, actually something that it should be paired with 🙂 ¡SALUD!
Cupcake Vineyards Tasting Notes:
It’s the long cool seasons in the South Island that allow our Sauvignon Blanc grapes to mature slowly, giving them levels of complexity and a vibrant zing. This wine is reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake. It’s made up of integrated favors of Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite.
Wine Searcher – Marlborough wine region
New Zealand‘s largest wine region in production and area, Marlborough is located at the north-eastern tip of the South Island. It stretches from the small port town of Picton in the Marlborough Sounds to the east-coast town of Kaikoura. The long, straightWairau Valley has the most extensive plantings of vines, and the entire region had 58,300 acres (23,600ha) of land planted with grapes in 2010. This young wine region has won worldwide acclaim for its Sauvignon Blanc.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine grape variety from western France which is now successfully grown in emerging and established wine regions all over the world. While the grape may be more readily associated with the Loire Valley (for its pivotal role in Sancerreand Pouilly-Fume), it is more likely to have originated from Bordeaux, where it is typically blended withSemillon.