Calluna Vineyards

2018 Cuvée Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma County, CA
Availablity

28 in stock

Price:
$35.00
Availablity

28 in stock

Appearance medium ruby
Aromas Blackberry, blackcurrant, plum mocha, hint of vanilla bean, tobacco leaf, forrest floor, graphite, eucalyptus
Palate black cherry, bay leaf, garden soil, white pepper, chalk (minerality), smooth acidity, velvety tannins, medium+ body, long finish
Composition

41% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot

Production
1538 cases
Alcohol
14.1%
Aging Potential
15+ years
Accolades

“This has been one of California’s finest values in the world of Bordeaux blends for many years, but the 2018 may well be one of most complete vintages yet for this lovely cuvée.” 94 Points – John Gilman, View from the Cellar

“The 2018 Calluna Vineyards Cuvee offers lots of chalky minerality and assorted dark fruits as well as medium to full body, a pure, balanced, elegant texture, bright acidity, and present yet ripe tannins. It’s beautifully done and just a balanced, young, unevolved beauty that’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and have 20 years or more of prime drinking. It’s certainly the finest vintage of this cuvée I’ve tasted.” 91+ Points – Jeb Dunnuck, July 2021


Vineyard
Calluna Vineyard
About The Vineyard

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from 21-year-old vines in the Chalk Hill AVA. The site sits at an elevation of 600 feet, at the apex of a rocky, sloping hill. Volcanic soils and cooler-climate influences give unique character to the wines from this region.


Winemaker Notes

The 2018 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is an expression of our Chalk Hill appellation where great sunlight and a cool climate produces intense fruit in a wine with balancing acidity, round tannins and moderate alcohol levels. The blend expresses the power of Cabernet Sauvignon, elegance of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a bit of showiness from Malbec and Petit Verdot.


Aged 21 months in 20% new French oak


Tasting Events

Winemaker/Founder David Jeffrey will join us on SIP Virtual Wine Tasting & Education to introduce his story and talk about the unique terroir of the Chalk Hill AVA in Sonoma County.


calluna vineyards winemaker david jeffrey

Winemaker/Founder David Jeffrey

After 20 years of studying and collecting wines of Bordeaux and California, David moved to the West Coast and enrolled in Fresno State’s Enology program in 2001. Determined to make his dream a reality, David spent 3 and a half years studying winemaking an grape growing as he completed his degree and worked at Chateau Quinault in Bordeaux, France.

 

About the Winery
Calluna Vineyards
His love for classically styled wines began with the Old World Wine Regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy but were solidified after drinking stunning examples from Napa Valley, Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The desire to create a winery of his own led David to change careers in 2001 at the age of 44 and enroll in Fresno State’s Oenology and Viticulture program. 2 years later he found himself working in the cellar at Chateau Quinault l’Enclos in St Emilion for Dr. Alain Raynaud.
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