2014 Chalk Hill Clara's Vineyard Red Wine, Chalk Hill AVA
94 Points - Wine Spectator
2014 was a prime year, giving us wines of both finesse and concentration. We brought in a bountiful crop of very tasty fruit. Inky and dense in color, our Clara’s Red displays fruit-forward notes of blackberry and blueberry that mingle well with anise, dark chocolate, and smoky oak. The rich palate is balanced by sweet tannins and a velvety texture that are sure to keep you coming back for more! The 2014 Clara’s Red can be enjoyed upon release with decanting, but will reward those who are patient enough to cellar for 4-5 years.
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot
September 22, 2014
25.7° Avg Brix at harvest
22 months; 100% French oak, 67% new
Cultured and native yeast fermentation 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
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.