Caress Cuvee Blanc 2016

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.
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Tasting Notes

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 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 2016 harvest was a mostly normal yield of exceptional quality fruit, in which a relatively even growing season followed welcome winter rains that helped to alleviate any drought. The 2016 harvest looked a lot like the 2015 harvest in that it started early, finished early, and the wines are tasting great. The yields were down a little from the long-term average, but wine quality is stellar so all-in-all another high quality California vintage.

StyleWhite Rhone
AppellationNorth Coast
PairingMango Stilton Cheese