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Our new favorite: Cupcake Winemaker's Blend Chardonnay Monterey

Cupcake Winemaker's Blend Chardonnay Monterey

Cupcake Vineyards Winemaker’s Blend Chardonnay has been a passion project of winemaker Jessica Tomei for the last four years. This rich, decadent take on a classic varietal showcases the distinct style of the acclaimed Monterey AVA, known for its ideal climate for Chardonnay grapes. The wine displays elegant notes of ripe pear, crisp apple, and bright citrus, complemented by delicate hints of vanilla and crème brûlée and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

From over a decade of winemaking experience in California, Jessica sourced grapes from two of her favorite vineyards, McCoy and San Lucas, in the Monterey AVA for this small batch Chardonnay. The McCoy Vineyard is located in northern Monterey County, where fog from the Pacific Ocean and a more temperate microclimate allow for the ideal preservation of the fruit’s acidity throughout growing season, resulting in rich, full flavors in the wine. At the San Lucas Vineyard in southern Monterey County, there are larger diurnal temperature swings with warm, sunny days and cool climate nights, which make for a longer ripening season giving the wine its robust tropical aromas.

To maintain quality, the Chardonnay grapes are picked at night while the temperature remains cool. During malolactic fermentation, the wine was stirred two times per week to give it a smooth mouthfeel. The wine is barrel fermented and aged in French and American oak for nine months. Shop now >

Winemaker Jessica Tomei has spent more than 10 years chasing the vines through some of the world’s finest wine regions and takes a hands-on approach to winemaking, starting in the vineyard. After working alongside growers to ensure our grapes reach the perfect ripeness for our wines, Jessica brings out the truest grape expression for each varietal in our cellar, letting the vineyard shine through to create rich, creamy and delectable wines.

A third-generation Californian, Jessica grew up in a close-knit Italian and Greek family with a love of food and wine. She remembers helping prepare delicious Italian and Greek dishes and enjoying leisurely family dinners that stretched well into the night. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for a Tuesday night dinner in her household to turn into something special with a glass of wine – Cupcake, of course.

Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California, Davis, one of the world’s most respected universities for the study of winemaking, and completed her first harvest in Sonoma. Since then, Jessica has completed nearly 20 harvests around the world, working at vineyards in Tuscany, Italy; Napa, California; and Chile. After settling in California, Tomei created original wine for her family label and consulted for a boutique winery in Napa. Most recently, Jessica and her husband worked as independent winemakers.

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