Calluna Vineyards 2017 "CVC" Cuvee Chalk Hill, Sonoma County
The 2017 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is meant to be 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.
With each new vintage, the varietal makeup of the Cuvée changes in order to achieve the optimal expression of our estate vineyards and the character of the growing season.
"The wine still offers up beautiful purity on the nose, wafting from the glass in a mix of dark berries, black plums, tobacco leaf, a lovely foundation of soil, a discreet framing of new oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and nicely sappy at the core, with lovely focus and grip, ripe tannins and just a whisper of backend heat poking out on the long and complex finish. This is a touch riper in style than is customary with David’s wines, due to the fin de saison of 2017, but the wine is still every bit as elegant as one has come to expect from Calluna Vineyards.”
John Gilman, View from the Cellar