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Cliff Creek Claret Sam's Valley Vineyard 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

50% Cabernet sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot Candied on the nose with lots of sweet black fruit, sweet oak spice, and licorice topped with some floral and black olive notes. Smooth on entry, and rather broad on the palate, this has plenty of acid and a good base of tannins supporting a core of fruit that recalls the nose with its sweet, candied quality. All black cherry, black berry and plummy fruit in the mouth framed with some toasty oak and topped with more subtle yet savory olive notes. This is undoubtedly a bit rough going, and perhaps time will help temper the tannins, though I expect they will always lend a dry edge to this wine. The finish is a bit short, with a flash of vanilla and some nice herbal components coming into refresh the palate from all that fruit. Already 6 years old, this feels like a barrel sample. Not sure where this will go. it could be really terrific or it could dry out. Probably best to enjoy this over the shorter term, say 3 to 5 years in case the fruit does fade. pair it with a nice steak. 89pts

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Cliff Creek Cellars:
Cliff Creek Cellars is owned by the Garvin Family LLC. The Garvins grow all of their own fruit at the family’s vineyard in southern Oregon at Sam’s Valley Vineyard. Family owned and operated has always been a motto for the Garvin’s. Over the years they have had many different businesses ranging from the first cable company in their home town to radio communications, 24 hour answering service... Read more
Cliff Creek Cellars is owned by the Garvin Family LLC. The Garvins grow all of their own fruit at the family’s vineyard in southern Oregon at Sam’s Valley Vineyard. Family owned and operated has always been a motto for the Garvin’s. Over the years they have had many different businesses ranging from the first cable company in their home town to radio communications, 24 hour answering services, radio stations, and the latest venture a vineyard, and two wine labels. The LLC is made up of three generations of Garvin’s. Vern and Dorothy Garvin are the founders of the LLC, Joined by their children Lee, Roy, and Ruth Garvin. Lee and his wife Cristi Garvin have three children who are also part owners in the vineyard Kelly, Teri, and Cory Garvin. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Cliff Creek Claret Sam's Valley Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,796
4.00 5
01/20/2014

50% Cabernet sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot Candied on the nose with lots of sweet black fruit, sweet oak spice, and licorice topped with some floral and black olive notes. Smooth on entry, and rather broad on the palate, this has plenty of acid and a good base of tannins supporting a core of fruit that recalls the nose with its sweet, candied quality. All black cherry, black berry and plummy fruit in the mouth framed with some toasty oak and topped with more subtle yet savory olive notes. This is undoubtedly a bit rough going, and perhaps time will help temper the tannins, though I expect they will always lend a dry edge to this wine. The finish is a bit short, with a flash of vanilla and some nice herbal components coming into refresh the palate from all that fruit. Already 6 years old, this feels like a barrel sample. Not sure where this will go. it could be really terrific or it could dry out. Probably best to enjoy this over the shorter term, say 3 to 5 years in case the fruit does fade. pair it with a nice steak. 89pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,796
4.50 5
01/20/2014

Four and a half glasses



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