2017 Estate Blanc | Calluna Vineyards | Winestyr
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2017 Estate Blanc

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Appellation: Chalk Hill AVA

By: Calluna Vineyards

In: Windsor, CA

750mL / 13.5% ABV

Winestyr Review

This is an exquisite Bordeaux-style white blend from Sonoma's Chalk Hill AVA. A blend of 58% Sauvignon Blanc and 42% Semillon, the wine was barrel fermented and barrel aged in neutral French oak. The resulting wine is vivacious with bright flavors and snappy acidity, yet deep, rich, and complex - not unlike some of the great, dry white wines of Bordeaux. 150 cases produced.

What We Love

  • Complex yet approachable
  • California expression of White Bordeaux

This is a great wine for fans of white Bordeaux, as well as those who'd just like to try something new.

Experience

"Many years ago, it became my goal to make a wine that could stand on the table with the greatest wines of the world. I felt the only way to accomplish this was to fully immerse myself in this endeavor. I would only pursue this goal if I could plant the vineyard, live with the vines and make the wine myself. That meant initially spending years in enology school and learning from those who were already successful. After many years of visiting wine regions and tasting wines from around the world, our adventure truly began in 2001 when my family and I left the East coast for Fresno, California where I attended Fresno State’s top Viticulture and Enology school. As a capstone to my three year program, I worked in Bordeaux for the 2003 harvest with Dr. Alain Raynaud at Chateau Quinault l’Enclos. My stated goal in Bordeaux was to go beyond being a cellar worker and closely examine every facet of Bordeaux vineyards and winemaking. Working with Dr. Raynaud was both a revelation and an inspiration. The journey to Calluna has taken me around the world and led my family to this hilltop in the middle of Sonoma County. It’s here that we staked out our vineyard from bare land, raised our kids and began making the wines we’re proud to share with you today." — David A. Jeffrey, Winemaker

Winery

Calluna Vineyards, named after the botanical name for the plant Heather, is situated on a 80 acre hilltop property in Sonoma's esteemed Chalk Hill AVA produces Bordeaux varietals and stunning Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines. Delivering tremendous value, these small production wines are perfect for fans of old world and new world wines alike.

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