Consistent with Calluna's philosophy on wine making, we eschew the soft, fruit-bomb style of Malbec in favor of a wine of focus. The vivid fruit includes a hint of the flamboyant blueberry character of Malbec and it is joined by the bright acidity and savory elements which keep the wine in balance. With moderate alcohol and no new oak barrels used, this Malbec pairs perfectly at the table with braised stews, grilled meats and mild hard cheeses.
This wine comes primarily from our tiny block of Merlot dedicated to Alain Raynaud and his family of Bordeaux. At once a great innovator and a great traditionalist, Doctor Raynaud taught David Jeffrey much of what he knows of the wines of Bordeaux when he worked at Chateau Quinault in St. Emilion. In return, Calluna offers Aux Raynauds as a wine reminiscent of that region – with Merlot French Clone 181 on 420a rootstock, and a bit of Cabernet Franc – combined with the signature of our Sonoma terroir.
The 2018 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.
"This has been one of California’s finest values in the world of Bordeaux blends for many years, but the 2018 may well be one of most complete vintages yet for this lovely cuvée."
94 Points - John Gilman, View from the Cellar