Cuvaison started in 1969, back when Napa had only a handful of wineries. But it wasn’t until 1979 that their focus became Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As winemaker Steve Rogstad told me a few years ago: “It is Pinot Noir’s super power to make amazing wines that are driven by the place they grow in. This chameleon-like ability to take on its environment allows for many styles of Pinot to emerge, from wines with power and opulence, to elegance and shimmering acidity and a range of expressions in between.” And such is the case with Adda. Comprised of two clones, the thicker-skinned and acid-driven Dijon 828, and the more floral and delicate Calera, there is an earthiness and richness to this Pinot. Yes, you will find the requisite black cherry, light strawberry, blueberry and boysenberry notes, along with plum, green tea, pepper spice, suggestions of wildflowers and an herbal note. The tannins are fairly mild and the acidity is somewhat subversive - you don’t quite noticeable at first but as the wine finishes the acidity clings to the sides of the mouth. The wine was aged 16 months in half new French oak barrels. About 800 cases.
ORIGIN: Los Carneros, Napa Valley
PRICE: $80/750 ml
SCORE: 93 POINTS