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VARIETALS: Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARD: cool and rocky site in the Mayacama Mountains is home to the Clajeux Vineyard. We have hand worked the same 12 rows in this vineyard-formerly called Wild Iris-since 2003. Planted to clone 7 in well drained volcanic soils, this site is cooled by afternoon breezes sweeping in from the Russian River Valley below and the ocean to the West. As a result, the vineyard is characterized by long slow flavor development in the grapes and naturally low yields. Fermented 30% whole cluster and aged 22 months in 30% new French oak barrels hand crafted by Nathan Roberts.
ORIENTATION: Southwest facing
VITICULTURE: Organic, vertical shoot positioned
VINIFICATION: 30% whole-cluster, native yeast primary + secondary fermentation.
AGING: 22 months in 30% new French Oak
PRODUCTION: 6 barrels produced.
VINOUS RATING 94
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Clajeux Vineyard is a powerful, savory wine. A blast of red cherry, plum, chalk, chocolate and scorched earth gives the wine its distinctive profile. The purity of the flavors is striking. Medium in body, nuanced and super-expressive, the Clajeux is superb in 2016. It is a terrific expression of Sonoma's Chalk Hill district.
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