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2008 Carneros Cuvée

2008 Carneros Cuvée

The Carneros Cuvée is our Tête de Cuvée. It represents the best fruit from our 335 acres of estate vineyards as well as our winemaking expertise in the art of blending. This special Cuvée is only produced in select vintage years. With over nine years en tirage and a minimum of six months on the cork, this decade-old wine is remarkably fresh, rich, and complex. It represents the ultimate statement of our sparkling house style.
from $60 - $80
Caneros Cuvee
92

Points
Wine Spectator

92

Points
Wine Enthusiast

2008 Carneros Cuvée

The Carneros Cuvée is our Tête de Cuvée. It represents the best fruit from our 335 acres of estate vineyards as well as our winemaking expertise in the art of blending. This special Cuvée is only produced in select vintage years. With over nine years en tirage and a minimum of six months on the cork, this decade-old wine is remarkably fresh, rich, and complex. It represents the ultimate statement of our sparkling house style.
from $60 - $80

Tasting Notes

Aromas of green apple with a hint of Meyer lemon and toast greet the nose.

Flavors of Asian pear and baked apple on the mid-palate lead into a creamy mouthfeel with a clean, lush finish reminiscent of ginger.
92
Points
Wine Spectator
92
Points
Wine Enthusiast

“Disgorged in November 2018, this shows the beauty of time in the bottle—a well-developed core of flavor and texture that's evolved and complex. Supple richness and softness last and linger on the palate, with pronounced elements of apple, peach, cherry and wet stone.”

Wine Enthusiast

2008 Carneros Cuvée

Food Pairings

This unique cuvée is seafood’s companion, the subtle citrus flavor pairs perfectly with raw oysters, fennel-braised mussels, steamed clams, lobster, and sashimi. The clean, crisp acidity pairs well with young, ripe triple cream cheeses to robust blue cheeses with honey, which help to cleanse the palate after each bite.

Additional Information

  • Composition60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay
  • Aging9.5 years
  • AppellationCarneros
  • Alcohol12.5%
  • TA0.73 g/100 mL
  • pH3.15
  • Dosage12.4 g/L
  • Production1,000 cases

Carneros grape growers will remember the 2008 vintage as a challenging one. It was one that required more attentive care of the vines. Record frost in March and April damaged some of the vines, followed by an unusual dry spell, which caused the yields to be lighter and accelerated the ripening of the fruit. Despite the year’s challenges, the fruit quality was excellent as the lower yields produced highly concentrated fruit flavors.