2013 Calluna Vineyards Cuvee Cvc Chalk Hill
currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, earth, green, mocha, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit
violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, spice, mocha and vanilla
"Taking its cue from the Right Bank of Bordeaux and the village of Saint Emilion where winemaker David Jeffrey apprenticed, the Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is a blend built primarily on Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon playing an important role, along with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
The goal for Calluna Vineyards is to make wines which have the strength of great Bordeaux, but with the attributes of Sonoma terroir. This means that the wines are meant to have the intensity, balance and longevity inherent in Bordeaux wines, but they should have an additional richness and roundness which is typical of the best Napa and Sonoma wines.
The vineyards are ideally situated to achieve this goal: The Chalk Hill appellation is in a moderate, transitional climate between the cool Russian River appellation and the hot Alexander and Napa valleys. The fruit can reach full phenolic ripeness - all herbaceous, vegetal tones are gone - without excess sugar development. This allows Calluna to make the wine in a natural way, without the additions of water and tartaric acid which are so common in California winemaking today." - Importer