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2016 Chalk Hill Clara's Vineyard Red Wine, Chalk Hill AVA

2016 Chalk Hill Clara's Vineyard Red Wine, Chalk Hill AVA

93 Points - Robert Parker
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SKU: 008067

The 2016 Clara’s Red provides aromas of fine leather, rich cocoa nib and toasted vanilla. Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot, this wine features a blackberry hue, and dense berry flavors with a tinge of clove.

Ratings

93 Points Robert Parker - The 2016 Clara's Red is made up of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. Opaque ruby-black in color, it opens with molten chocolate, Morello cherries, blackcurrant bud and dried herbs with accents of cassis, cedar, pencil shavings and star anise. Medium to full-bodied, it offers silky-textured, ripe fruit flavor layers with very ripe, fine-grained tannins and a long finish lifted by just enough freshness. Lovely. The higher alcohol (15.5% is listed on the label) is well hidden.

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 Clara’s Vineyard Red provides aromas of fine leather, rich cocoa nib and toasted vanilla. Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot these varietals create a blackberry hue contributing dense berry flavors with a tinge of clove on the palette. Tannins are bold and abundant yet smooth and refined on the finish. The 2016 Clara’s Red can enjoyed immediately upon release, but has an aging potential of 15 or more years.

Composition

61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

Wine Specs

Vintage
2016
Varietal
Red Blends
Appellation
Sonoma County
Harvest Date
October 10th – 12th, 2016
pH
3.9
Aging
21 months
Bottling Date
July 12, 2 019
Tannin
5.3 g/L
Alcohol %
15.5
Robert Parker
93

Vineyard Notes

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

Production

The 2016 growing season began with an earlier than average bud break and fruit set followed by moderate temperatures in spring and summer. This allowed for even ripening, and balanced flavors.