Caress Cuvee Blanc 2013

Made aromatic and dry - definitely not sweet - it smells like a bouquet of flowers and freshly sliced pear.

The lush style of our Cuvee Blanc simulates Chenin Blanc and is an wonderful California example of a Loire Valley Vouvray Sec with textbook acidity, a nice concentration of fruit flavors and with less than 4 grams per liter of residual sugar, the driest (Sec) level. Caress is the best-of-the-best cuvée delivering a haunting, complex, long-lived white wine.
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Tasting Notes

Just enjoy the nose of this bright, vibrant golden wine. Its aromatic profile ranges from subtle fruit like candied peach, honeyed apricots, or quince with a honeysuckle floral note and a little spice.

Really a deceptive wine, with such a perfumed nose, you might think it’s going to be slightly sweet but no, it’s actually dry with a nutty peach, apricot and tropical fruit flavors with a long, lingering, sensual finish.

Because of its unique flavor profile, Caress is actually a very food-friendly wine, making it a great choice when contemplating foie gras, oysters, lobster or crab, butter or cream based sauces, curries and both Asian and Indian food in general.

For a incredible dessert poach pears in a little Caress with a spoon of sugar and serve with white chocolate, Crème fraîche and vanilla ice cream. Fabulous!


Production Notes

Caress is crafted from a best-of-the-best cuvée delivering a haunting, complex, long-lived white wine.


Winemaker Notes

The 2013 vintage exceeded our expectations on both quality and quantity. Rare as it was to have another fruitful year right after the record breaking 2013 crush, the quality across all varietals was also excellent.

The overall vigor of this growing season was high which required more canopy management and more vigilance with regard to pest abatement. The harvest began and finished early, the timing of crop maturity being dictated entirely by our canopy management practices and manually reduced crop load.

By addressing canopy management and green fruit harvesting early we were able to significantly reduce pest pressure and encourage early fruit ripening. The final wine quality in tank was excellent across the board for all varietals and appellations.


StyleWhite Rhone
AppellationNorth Coast
VarietalRoussanne, Sémillon
PairingMango Stilton Cheese
Alcohol14.20%
Bottle750ml
Bottled2014-08-18
Drinkable2014 - 2018