2017 Chalk Hill Clara's Vineyard Red, Chalk Hill AVA
Decadent aromas of blackberry, leather, cigar box and dark chocolate lead to a dense and complex palate. Bold and layered, the 2017 Clara’s is an elegant wine that will continue to evolve for years to come. Enjoy now or cellar for the next 15+ years.
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Syrah
September 10 - 12, 2017
21 months in French oak
cultured yeast fermentation in barrel, 100% malolactic fermentation with bâtonnage
July 8, 2019
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. 2017 began with heavy rains in winter, which reinvigorated the vineyards going into bud break. The region had sunny days throughout the spring and summer, and a heat spike in August which propelled the harvest schedule.