A Taste of Cupcake Vineyards: What to Expect

Have you heard of Cupcake Vineyards?  They are a California winery producing wines from Central Coast grapes.  I recently tried their Chardonnay and their Cabernet Sauvignon, but if you go to their website, they have many more, such as Red Velvet, which in reality is a famous cake from the Southern USA that is coloured red.  Here is a recipe for Red Velvet cake if you are interested.  Cupcake Vineyards started in 2008 by winemaker Adam Richardson. His goal is to recreate a childlike moment of luxury and pure pleasure that you would get from a cupcake, but this time in wine.

I tasted their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon over 2 days.  I like to see how wines change after they have been exposed to air for a while.  Here are my tasting notes:

  • Cupcake Vineyards Central Coast Chardonnay, California 2009 (BC $14.99). Medium lemon in colour, with nice legs after giving the wine a bit of a swirl. The nose shows a wine that is developing in the bottle.  Lots of rich fruit aromas.  Tropical fruit, dried fruit, pineapple and lemon, along with vanilla, honey and stony minerality.  These aromas continued on the palate.  This wine is dry, medium plus in body and flavour intensity.  Not a whimpy wine.  Nice round mouthfeel from the malolactic fermentation.  There is a bit of almond flavour as well for this wine and a bit of spiciness and heat on the finish.  A fun wine to enjoy with dinner with friends.
  • Cupcake Vineyards Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, California 2008 (BC $14.99).  Beautiful ruby red colour in the glass. Medium inetnsity of aromas.  Cassis, ripe cherries, black fruit, raspberry, red currant, cloves and vanilla.  On my initial tasting there was a hint of cedar, dark chocolate, and earthiness, but this had dissipated during my re-taste on the next day. On the second day there was a flavour component of violets.  Medium length.  Lots of aroma and flavour.  Enjoy with some aged cheddar.

I hope to try their other wines in the future.  Enjoy!