As proprietors and founders, Larry and Margie Dino, like to say, Cuda Ridge Wines “is a truly family and friends-run winery.” This personal and familiar approach is reflected in all that they do – from making small, handcrafted lots of Sauvignon Blanc and other Bordeaux varietals to presenting an approachable and friendly environment for visitors in their Livermore Valley tasting room.
Cuda Ridge Wines is dedicated to making lower alcohol wines and often using extensive blending of the varietals to create wines of intense complexity and character, reflective of their Bordeaux roots in style. Their terrifically crisp and balanced Sauvignon Blanc is a great example of their small-lot approach. Like all their wines, the SB is very well-made and exemplary of their attention to detail in the winemaking process. Their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc was made in an Old World style, using only stainless tanking for fermentation and ageing. It’s clean and refreshing while demonstrating a bold acidity that cleanses and delights the palate. It is an excellent food wine. With its citrus notes and crisp acidity, many styles of cuisine work well with this wine – Asian, Mexican, shellfish, and more. It’s also a terrific porch-wine, served chilled and enjoyed by the glass.
Larry and Margie established Cuda Ridge Wines in the historical wine production region of Livermore Valley in California. It is the oldest commercial wine producing region in the state and its history with Sauvignon Blanc goes back to the late 19th century. The Dinos have embraced the region’s tradition and that is paying dividends. They have increased production each year at the winery and are now producing more than 2,000 cases annually.
In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, they produce several other excellent Bordeaux varietals including Semillion, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. They also make a few other wines under their “Black” label such as Zinfandel, Sngiovese, and Syrah. They recently moved into a new tasting room and production facility, a lovely barn-style building, where you can taste and enjoy their excellent program. Frequently, the Dinos and their friends, who lend a hand with everything from winemaking to pouring, can be found playing host to guests at the winery. It’s a welcoming place and should be on any itinerary to Livermore, both for the excellent wines and the warm hospitality. They are located at 2400 Arroyo Road in Livermore, found in San Francisco’s East Bay.
More on their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc –
The grapes come from the noted Ghielmetti Vineyard found on the eastern side of Livermore. The grapes were harvested, crushed, and pressed on the same day, August 31, 2012. The juice was fermented in stainless steel and, subsequently, aged in Stainless steel. The wine was partially cold stabilized by putting the tank outside in the sub-thirty degree temperatures in December to bring the tank down to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. The wine was sterile filtered and bottled on May 17th.
Varietals: 100% Ghielmetti Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Livermore Valley
List Price: $19.00
Cases Produced: 76
Harvest Date: September 1, 2012 at 23.6 Brix
Barrel Treatment: None. Fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel.
Alc: 13.8% Alcohol by Volume
In our 3rd installment of SauvBlancTV, we feature Cuda Ridge Wines. A great winery located in the historic Livermore Valley. Livermore is California’s oldest commercial winemaking region and has a long history with Sauv Blanc that dates to well back into the 19th century.
Here, we interview Cuda Ridge’s Owner and Winemaker, Larry Dino, and discuss the winery and their Sauvignon Blanc program. They focus on crafting varietally true Bordeaux style wines. Their latest Sauv Blanc, the 2012, is a great example. See the vid here…
More on Cuda Ridge Wines:
Tasting Room Hours – Friday through Sunday from Noon to 4:30 pm or by appointment
Cuda Ridge Wines
2400 Arroyo Road
Livermore, CA 94550
info “at” cudaridgewines.com
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