When it comes to the most hedonistically stunning Bordeaux style reds in Sonoma County, some of my favorites come from Chalk Hill. The AVA was named for its unique volcanic soils composed of chalky white ash, and it sits on the Western Slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, walled by the Russian River, Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, and Fountain Grove AVAs. One of the areas best is Calluna’s CVC Cuvee, and at $33 the value is off-the-charts.

A fusion of all five of Bordeaux’s most iconic varietals, the 2016 vintage has an incredible core of concentrated black fruits, rocky minerals, cigar box, and spices. The wine perfectly ties together the power of Cabernet Sauvignon, with the elegance of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and the ornateness of Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Winemaker David Jeffrey planted the Vineyard in 2005 after an exhaustive search for cooler climate, higher elevation sites within Napa and Sonoma counties that would produce world-class fruit. The Vineyard was planted into specific blocks with each of Bordeaux’s classic five varietals matched perfectly with unique components of the soils. The results speak for themselves.

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Double 91pt Red from CALLUNA VINEYARDS… this 2016 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is OFF-THE-CHARTS for just $33!

Tasting Notes from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, “The 2016 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is made up of 49% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec. Medium to deep ruby-purple, it opens with floral and mineral notions over a core of cassis, black cherry jam, cedar, clove, tobacco and earth. Medium to full-bodied, it has a great core of lush black fruits with a very firm frame of chewy tannins and good freshness, finishing long. 982 cases produced.” WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS

Tasting Notes from Wine Spectator,”Precise, filled with juicy richness to the dark currant, cherry and dried raspberry flavors that feature minerally elegance. Dried Asian spice notes linger on the firmly tannic finish, with vanilla accents. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.” WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS

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