2005 Clendenen Family Vineyards "Rancho La Cuna" Santa Maria Valley Syrah/Viognier

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One of the great revelations of our 2013 buying trip to the Central Coast was rediscovering the Clendenen Family Vineyards label. Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat) started this label in 2000 from family tended vineyards as a project in which his then wife, Morgan and his kids Isabelle and Knox could make as a family. I had sold the wines in the past but they had been MIA for some time. We were shocked by these wines and just how good they were, how classically Californian they were and just how accessible they were. Coming from both organic and non-organic vineyards, some of which he planted himself, the wines displayed great acid, perfect oaken framing and wonderful feel. Some of that had to do with the fact that a few of these wines have been in the bottle for a number of years and are getting closer and closer to their apex, but I think it mostly has to do with the wealth of experience that Jim has amassed and his excitement to pass that knowledge along, not only to his family, but to anyone willing to listen or put in work along side of him.

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By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2013 | Send Email
I believe this was a favorite of ours during the big lunch mentioned in Sarah's review as I have a couple "great" check marks next to my notes as well! Lightly floral notes from the Viognier intertwined graciously with masculine gamey and spicy notes on the nose. White pepper, juicy dark fruits, and a bloody mineral streak make for a well structured, dense wine. Fantastic, yet slightly introverted now, this wine will reward patience!

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2013 | Send Email
Disclaimer: My tasting notes on this wine were written while seated at a long lunch table overflowing with incredible food and lots of wine, along with winemaker Jim Clendenen sitting across from me & Qupe winemaker Bob Lindquist to my right- both egging me on to try their favorite wine! I have a big heart in my notebook next to my 2005 Rancho La Cuna Syrah Viognier notes. Stewed cherries, red cherry, red currant, strawberry, with hints of pepper. Clearly slow in its development, this wine is aromatically pronouned (the Viognier waves up at you along with all that lush fruit) and requires lots of time to sit an ponder. Perfect with ribs, steak, hearty dishes- but most importantly, the most jolly, hilarious people you can muster!

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