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2003 Carneros Cuvée

2003 Carneros Cuvée

Price: $70.00

The Carneros Cuvée is Gloria Ferrer’s flagship Tête de Cuvée sparkling wine.  It is a made from the most premium fruit from our Carneros vineyards. The quality of the fruit together with our winemaker’s blending expertise has resulted in another glorious vintage.

Our 2003 vintage is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, offering a synthesis of effusive ripe fruit expression with superb structure and finesse.  With over nine years en tirage and an minimum of six months of additional aging on the cork, this decade old wine is remarkably fresh, rich and complex.   It represents the ultimate expression of our house style.

  • 95 Points – Double Gold

    San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014

  • 90 Points

    Wine Spectator, March 2014

  • gold-medal

    DOUBLE GOLD – 2014 Women’s Int’l Wine Competition

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Tasting Notes

This effervescent sparkling wine opens up with aromas of Asian pear, Granny Smith apples and hints of toasted brioche. On the palate, this wine carries great finesse and a wonderful complexity. Flavors of baked apple and Meyer lemon create a balanced acidity and lingering finish.

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Food Affinities

This wine pairs perfectly with any type of seafood, such as raw oysters or sashimi to cracked crab, caviar, steamed mussels, smoked salmon and lobster. Also complementary are cream based risottos, roast chicken and goat cheese.

About

The Carneros Cuvée is Gloria Ferrer's flagship Tête de Cuvée sparkling wine. It is a made from the most premium estate fruit from our 335-acre Carneros vineyard. The quality of the fruit together with our winemaker's blending expertise has resulted in another glorious vintage.

Our 2003 vintage is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, offering a synthesis of effusive ripe fruit expression with superb structure and finesse. With ten years en tirage and an minimum of six months of additional aging on the cork, this decade old wine is remarkably fresh, rich and complex. It represents the ultimate expression of our house style.

  • Blend

  • 53% Pinot Noir, 47% Chardonnay
  • Appellation

  • Sonoma Carneros

Winemaking

The 2003 vintage in Carneros gaves us a very clean crop with average to low yields. After a very wet winter, our vines began to bloom in May with a normal fruit set. Pinot Noir harvest began in late August and Chardonnay started in mid-September. Slow ripening with temperatures in the low 80's allowed us to harvest grapes with acidities perfectly balanced with sugars. The timing of the 2003 harvest could not have been better.

  • 100% whole cluster pressed
  • 100% fermented in stainless steel tanks at 55 to 60 degrees to retain vibrancy and freshness
  • Aged on the yeast for 9 1/2 years before disgorging.
  • Case Production -

  • 1500 cases
  • Analysis -

  • pH: 3.09,
  • Total Acidity: 0.74 g/100 ml,
  • Alcohol: 12.5%,
  • Dosage: 13.1%