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Producer: Calluna Vineyards, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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VintageWineColorRatingPriceReviews
2017 Calluna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Block 1

Brought up all in neutral barrels, the value-priced 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Block 1 is the only wine to include fruit picked after the fires. It sports a deep purple color as well as a charming, medium-bodied, elegant style that carries plenty of ripe black fruits, charcoal, and gravelly minerality. It's mid-weight, elegant, and slightly short on the palate, and should keep for a decade. It's nicely balanced and, despite harvesting after the fires, there's no sense of smoke taint.

  $40 1

Brought up all in neutral barrels, the value-priced 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Block 1 is the only wine to include fruit picked after the fires. It sports a deep purple color as well as a charming, medium-bodied, elegant style that carries plenty of ripe black fruits, charcoal, and gravelly minerality. It's mid-weight, elegant, and slightly short on the palate, and should keep for a decade. It's nicely balanced and, despite harvesting after the fires, there's no sense of smoke taint.

2017 Calluna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The Colonel's Vineyard

Cut from the same cloth as the Estate Cabernet, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon The Colonel's Vineyard has more finesse and elegance as well as better tannins. Deep purple-hued with smoky currants, cassis, lead pencil, tobacco, and lots of mineral-like aromas and flavor, this medium to full-bodied Cabernet is nicely balanced, has plenty of structure, and a good finish. It's another wine that's going to benefit from short-term cellaring, but I'm not sure I'd push the aging curve too much either.

  $90 1

Cut from the same cloth as the Estate Cabernet, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon The Colonel's Vineyard has more finesse and elegance as well as better tannins. Deep purple-hued with smoky currants, cassis, lead pencil, tobacco, and lots of mineral-like aromas and flavor, this medium to full-bodied Cabernet is nicely balanced, has plenty of structure, and a good finish. It's another wine that's going to benefit from short-term cellaring, but I'm not sure I'd push the aging curve too much either.

2017 Calluna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Calluna Estate

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Calluna Estate checks in as 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Aged 21 months in 40% new French oak, it offers rocking notes of crème de cassis, graphite, dried herbs, and loamy earth. Rich, medium-bodied, and structured on the palate, with some chewy tannins and a more savory style, it's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.

  $75 1

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Calluna Estate checks in as 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Aged 21 months in 40% new French oak, it offers rocking notes of crème de cassis, graphite, dried herbs, and loamy earth. Rich, medium-bodied, and structured on the palate, with some chewy tannins and a more savory style, it's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.

2017 Calluna Vineyards Calluna Vineyards Cuvee

From the Chalk Hill AVA in Sonoma and a Bordeaux blend (they don't specify the varieties) aged 21 months in 20% new French oak, the 2017 Calluna Vineyards Cuvee sports a dense purple color as well as attractive notes of black fruits, chocolate, scorched earth, and charcoal. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, has wonderful fruit, and is ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years.

  $33 1

From the Chalk Hill AVA in Sonoma and a Bordeaux blend (they don't specify the varieties) aged 21 months in 20% new French oak, the 2017 Calluna Vineyards Cuvee sports a dense purple color as well as attractive notes of black fruits, chocolate, scorched earth, and charcoal. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, has wonderful fruit, and is ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years.