In the interest of full disclosure, Paterno Wines was very generous to provide us with several complimentary bottles of Cuvaison wine. My assumption is that they are in the process of trying to strengthen the awareness of this label. I have had good experiences with Paterno in the past, including an excellent wine tasting hosted by a Paterno rep in Florida. The tasting was about six months ago and featured a dozen or so wines, including Cuvaison Chardonnay, Petaluma Shiraz, and Pio Cesare Barolo.
Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2003:
Rich, elegant nose
Cherry, plum, and some sweet spice
A touch of cranberry, but not tart
Silky smooth finish
The wine that Paterno sent to us at The Wine Cask arrived just in time to share with my fellow blogger PB. We had the chance to enjoy a glass before our meal and a glass paired with sauteed chicken breasts and tortellini. The wine was very enjoyable and had a nice elegance to it. We recorded our tasting notes independenty and only briefly discussed our entries prior to posting on this site.
This wine from Cuvaison is priced at $25, which is neither expensive nor a real bargain. In my experience, it's difficult to find a high quality Pinot Noir under $20 anyway. Overall, I think it's a nice wine and very representative of the varietal. Raise a glass!