Auction 23 | Lot No. 132
10 cases produced
- Grown on our Los Carneros estate vineyard and sourced entirely from Swan and Calera heirloom selections of Pinot Noir
- The vines are positioned on a northeast-facing slope to temper the afternoon sun, creating more ideal growing conditions
- From initial harvest, these two clones were co-fermented to create an integrated and compelling blend
- Only one barrel of this small-lot production was selected, aging for 16 months in 100% new French oak barrels
Our 2019 Premiere Napa Valley wine celebrates 50 years of Cuvaison history. Founded in 1969, Cuvaison is dedicated to crafting estate grown wines from our renowned vineyard in Napa Valley’s famed cool-climate Los Carneros nested appellation. This unique Pinot Noir wine is composed of Swan and Calera heirloom clonal selections, whose budwood was hand sourced by winemaker Steven Rogstad from two renowned vineyards. Nurtured in our fog and windswept vineyard, on rolling hills below the Mayacamas Mountains, just atop San Pablo Bay, our Pinot Noir exhibits the black and red fruit essence of Los Carneros Pinot Noir, creating a wine of exceptional balance and elegance.
- Single vineyard wine
- Sustainably produced
- Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
A master of cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Winemaker Steve Rogstad has spent most of his professional life making wine in the Los Carneros appellation. Since 2002, Steve has guided the winemaking at Cuvaison, crafting wines that have earned renown for their seamless balance and vineyard-inspired depth and complexity. Working with Cuvaison’s acclaimed estate vineyard for more than 15 years, Steve refined a vineyard-driven approach to winemaking that takes advantage of the site’s remarkable diversity, including doing as many as 80 individual fermentations each vintage—a small-batch, labor-intensive approach that defines Cuvaison’s estate-grown wines. Born and raised in North Dakota, Steve fell in love with wine while traveling abroad and living above a wine shop in Paris. While attending the masters of enology and viticulture program at UC Davis, Steve worked at La Crema, where he gained invaluable hands-on experience making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with legendary winemaker Dan Goldfield. After university, Steve joined the team at Saintsbury, before being named the assistant winemaker at Rombauer. Prior to joining Cuvaison, Steve spent spent six years as the winemaker at Clos Pegase in Los Carneros. Since becoming winemaker in 2002, Steve has been widely recognized for making many of the finest wines in Cuvaison’s history.
Country born: United States
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
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