Calluna Proprietary Red 'CVC' Chalk Hill 2015

David A. Jeffrey moved to Fresno to enroll in oenology school in 2001, going on to establish Calluna Vineyards back in 2005. His 4.85 hectares of vines sit in the heart of the Chalk Hill appellation and are dedicated to red Bordeaux varieties. This savory, medium-bodied wine shows flavors of sappy plums, wild berries, and black fruit, noted with spicy cedar undertones. Dusty, fine-grained tannins give way to a lasting finish.
$36750ml

Merlot

Deliciously zaftig Bordeaux grape that shed its second-banana-to-Cabernet Sauvignon status to become a star in its own right. Early-ripening softly textured yet often very serious (see: POMEROL).
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California, United States

The sun in the American wine solar system, but at the same time a wine 'nation' in its own right, California is like the popular kid in high school that was good at everything and good-looking, too.