6 Sep 2012
We are always looking out for new and exciting wines. So often our exhaustive searches are in vain. So it was quiet a revelation when one of our smaller vendors brought one of the biggest surprises we run across in a long while. From one of the smallest AVAs in California comes one of the largest Cab-based wines we have tasted. From Chalk Hill, a small valley with its unique geological qualities and growing season, it has long been regarded as one of the best areas to grow Bordeaux varietals (as well as Chardonnay, go figure).
In all of Sonoma, such luminaries as Merry Edwards and David Ramey have made wine here. We can add to that list David Jeffrey of Calluna (Winemaker and Founder). You know that you are in the presence of an exceptional wine from the initial sniff of sweet dark/black fruit, loam and integrated spicy oak notes. On the palate, it mimics Bordeaux but is clearly a Californian surfer dude with hints of chocolate, plum, vanilla and rich toffee on the finish. What is most remarkable about this – being only their second offering – is how sophisticated and assured the estate is. Don’t miss out on this special price. We would happily pay double for this caliber of Cabernet.
$27.99 – Available now!
-Posted by David Goodwin, San Francisco