This is a wine of bright acidity, moderate alcohol and great depth of flavor. In the tradition of the dry white wines of Bordeaux, these varietals complement each other as the rounder and honey-like tones of the Semmillon are a counterpoint to the citrus, mineral and sharper tones of the Sauvignon Blanc. The barrel fermentation and barrel aging further harmonize the wine, giving us a wine which belongs at the table and will potentially age for many years.
Blend: 58% Sauvignon Blanc, 42% Semillon
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This blends 58% Sauvignon Blanc and 42% Sémillon, from estate-grown grapes at a high-elevation site in the appellation. It is barrel-fermented and aged in neutral French oak. Floral and pretty on the nose, it is stony and steely on the palate, with integrated acidity and nuanced oak. Lushly crafted, it's deliciously complex.
Calluna Vineyards took root in Sonoma County in 2005 with 12-acres in the Chalk Hill appellation planted to the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. From its advantageous hillsides overlooking the Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill is known for its mild climate and soils of clay underlain with fractured shale and sandstone.
The goal for Calluna Vineyards is to make wines which have the strength of great Bordeaux, but with the attributes of Sonoma terroir. This means that the wines are meant to have the intensity, balance and longevity inherent in Bordeaux wines, but they should have an additional richness and roundness which is typical of the best Napa and Sonoma wines.
The vineyards are ideally situated to achieve this goal: The Chalk Hill appellation is in a moderate, transitional climate between the cool Russian River appellation and the hot Alexander and Napa valleys. The fruit can reach full phenolic ripeness - all herbaceous, vegetal tones are gone - without excess sugar development. This allows Calluna to make the wine in a natural way, without the additions of water and tartaric acid which are so common in California winemaking today.
David A. Jeffrey is the winemaker and founder. After 20 years of studying and collecting the wines of Bordeaux and California, David moved to the West Coast and enrolled in Fresno State's Enology program in 2001. Determined to make his dream a reality, David spent 3 years studying winemaking and grape growing as he completed his degree and worked at Chateau Quinault in Bordeaux, France.
"Calluna" is the botanical name for the heather plant that grows on the property in memory of an extended family member.
Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. Popularized in Bordeaux, the blend is often mimicked throughout the New World. Somm Secret—Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but they can be served before, during or after a meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage.