2015 Calluna "Cuvée CVC" Chalk Hill Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1397189 93 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Cuvée CVC from David Jeffrey is composed this year of a blend of fifty-one percent merlot, nineteen percent cabernet sauvignon, fifteen percent cabernet franc and eight percent malbec and seven percent petit verdot. The wine tips the scales at a quite civilized octane level of 13.8 percent and offers up a nascently complex nose of black cherries, dark berries, a bit of menthol, cigar wrapper, dark soil tones, cigar smoke and cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and beautifully balanced, with a lovely core, superb transparency, suave, ripe tannins and excellent length and grip on the vibrant and still youthful finish. This is not a big wine, but it is loaded with personality and has excellent breed and blossoming complexity; it will be a stellar bottle in the fullness of time, but deserves some time in the cellar to soften up properly. A stellar bottle! 93+  (9/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the 2015 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and offers notes of warm plums, mulberries and wild blueberries with wafts of underbrush, Provence herbs and rose hip tea. Medium-bodied, the palate has an understated, savory character, with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing with very good persistence. (LPB)  (6/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is among the finest Bordeaux blends at its price point, from estate-grown fruit, and consisting of a majority Merlot. A dusty, oaky nose gives way to soft fleshy black fruit, cedar and black pepper, offering length and breadth with ease. *Editors' Choice* (VB)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The 2015 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is 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."


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By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2019 | Send Email
Dominated by Merlot, this California Bordeaux Blend has a lot to offer for its price range. The nose opens with lovely notes of plum, bramble fruit, violet, and carrot puree. The palate is soft and balanced with round tannin's, notes of baking spice, chocolate, and leather. If you're looking for a nice Bordeaux blend with a clear Californian voice this is an easy decision!

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2019 | Send Email
David Jeffrey, winemaker for Calluna vineyards, is a master of his craft and his wines speak for themselves. I was fortunate enough to sit down with him at his amazing property perched on top of the chalk hill AVA and taste through his wines. Drawing from his experience working in Bordeaux, each varietal is methodically positioned in his vineyard, fermented separately and blended together later. The 2015 Cuvee CVC blend is comprised of 51% Merlot, 19% Cab Sav, 15% Cab Franc, 8% Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot. Having lower alcohol and soft tannins, this easy drinking cuvee can be a versatile companion at the dinner table. Lovely high tone chalk hill fruit shines from the glass with underlying notes of lavender, toasted coconut, and chalk. This truly is a “Bordeaux” style blend with balance and integrity.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8