Calluna Vineyards Cuvee 2010
Calluna Vineyards is a beautiful property in the Chalk Hill appellation of Sonoma County, near Healdsburg. It is the culmination of a dream to plant a vineyard of great potential on a site which is consistent with my goals for winemaking. In 2001, I left the New York area to pursue this dream which was the by-product of 20 years of wine collecting as well as my study of the wines of France an... Read more
Calluna Vineyards is a beautiful property in the Chalk Hill appellation of Sonoma County, near Healdsburg. It is the culmination of a dream to plant a vineyard of great potential on a site which is consistent with my goals for winemaking. In 2001, I left the New York area to pursue this dream which was the by-product of 20 years of wine collecting as well as my study of the wines of France and California. I spent the next 3 1/2 years in Fresno State’s Enology Program and worked for 3 months in Bordeaux for the 2003 harvest. During and after that time, I was seeking the property which would meet my goals for our vineyard site. My goal for Calluna is to make wines which have the strength of great Bordeaux, but with the attributes of Sonoma terroir. This means that our 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. I am specifically trying to avoid the excesses which detract from many California wines – particularly the stewed, pruny flavors which often occur when vineyards are pushed past their limit and thus unable to ripen fruit in a balanced manner. Our 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. We have demonstrated that our fruit can reach full phenolic ripeness – all herbaceous, vegetal tones are gone – without excess sugar development. This allows us to make the wine in a natural way, without the additions of water and tartaric acid which are so common in California winemaking today. Read less
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Food Pairings for Calluna Vineyards Cuvee
The new 2010 CVC offers up red currant, black plum, soy and sage with a subtle Christmas spice accent. On the palate, the gentle tannins deliver a medium-bodied wine with long length ready to drink or hold over the next 6+ years.
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