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This wine comes primarily from our tiny block of Merlot dedicated to Alain Raynaud and his family of Bordeaux. At once a great innovator and a great traditionalist, Doctor Raynaud taught David Jeffrey much of what he knows of the wines of Bordeaux when he worked at Chateau Quinault in St. Emilion. In return, Calluna offers Aux Raynauds as a wine reminiscent of that region – with Merlot French Clone 181 on 420a rootstock, and a bit of Cabernet Franc – combined with the signature of our Sonoma terroir. This vineyard sits on an essentially flat plateau near the top of the property with a significant element of clay, the soil type in which Merlot thrives. – Proprietor/Winemaker David A. Jeffrey
2019 will be remembered for the unusual heavy rains in May (fortunately just before bloom for us) and for a very good growing season without damaging heat spikes, leading to a relatively late harvest that was large and very high quality. But most etched in our memories is the Kincade fire which burned through Calluna afrer the harvest on Sunday, November 3. It caused much damage but we are well on our way through recovery. And all our wines were safe and sound. It will be the height of irony if our greatest vintage is 2019, the year of this fire, but this may be the case.
Hand-harvested, manually sorted and fermented with a traditional method in open-top tanks with temperature control.
Aged 21 months in 20% new French oak
SAVE THE DATE:
Join Cellar Angels Co-founder, Martin Cody and Calluna Vineyards Winemaker/Founder David Jeffrey for a Wine Club member only event June 23rd at 5pmPT/8pmET. This Zoom webinar is an opportunity to “Meet the Winemaker”, learn more about Calluna Vineyards and interact with your fellow club community.
Open a bottle from your Calluna Vineyards shipment and come with your questions for David. You’ll also have the opportunity to turn your camera on and interact with the group if you wish.
Be on the lookout for an email that includes your login link ahead of the event.
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 and grape growing as he completed his degree and worked at Chateau Quinault in Bordeaux, France.
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