2012 Calluna "Cuvée CVC" Chalk Hill Bordeaux Blend
Wine & Spirits
David Jeffrey’s estate, in the hills east of the Russian River Valley, tends to give a cool, taut expression of the Bordelaise grapes, thanks to maritime influence and the vineyard’s sandstone and shale-based soils. This Merlot-based blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec; in 2012, the wine’s flavors are vigorous and cohesive, with hints of black plum and mint, though the overall impression is primarily mineral, the refreshing glints of fruit completely tied to the structure. It evolves slowly over several days of air, barely loosening, suggesting that it will reward a long stay in the cellar.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is a blend of 36% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Malbec. More chocolate and mocha appear in this wine, which has a similar color to its predecessors. With a nice, fleshy, opulent mouthfeel, impressive purity, texture and length, the wine seems showy and expressive already and promises to age nicely for 10-15 more years. (RP)
The winery's vintage note: "We make wine exclusively from the five red Bordeaux varietals which were planted on these hillsides beginning in 2004. The Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is an expression of this land. It is a blend that expresses the power of Cabernet Sauvignon, elegance of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a bit of showiness from Malbec and Petit Verdot. The 2012 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée has all the elements of an exceptional wine: depth of fruit, bright acidity, chalky but not astringent tannins, moderate alcohol, and a long balanced finish. Enjoy this wine now or let it age over 10 years or more."