2013 Chalk Hill Clara's Vineyard Red, Chalk Hill AVA
90 Points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
This 2013 Clara’s Red is dark and dense in color. It has fruit-forward aromas of black currant, and dark cherry that mingle well with black licorice, smoke, and dark chocolate. With dense flavors of dark berries, dried herbs and dark chocolate, this is a rich wine with refined tannins and a velvety texture. The 2013 Clara’s Red can be enjoyed upon release, but will reward those that are patient enough to cellar for 5 years.
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot
October 4 – October 22, 2013
25.3° Avg. Brix at harvest
20 months; 100% French oak, 73% new
Cultured and native yeast fermentation 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
August 19, 2015
The 2013 vintage was fantastic, following an equally prime vintage in 2012. The warm, even summer temperatures were perfect for growing beautiful grapes.
This Wine comes from our 15.9-acre Clara’s Vineyard located on Chalk Hill Estate. First planted in 2003 this warm, south-facing site features rocky, porous volcanic soils that are ideal for red Bordeaux varieties. To preserve the long-term viability of the ecosystem, all of our vineyards are maintained using low-input, sustainable viticultural practices.