Wine & Spirits 95
"David Jeffrey's estate, in the hills east of the Russian River Valley, tends to give a cool,taut expression of the Bordelaise grapes, thanks to maritime influence and the vineyard's sandstone and shale based soils. This Merlot based blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. In 2012, the wine's flavors are vigorous and cohesive, with hints of black plum and mint. Though the overall impression is primarily mineral, the refreshing glints of fruit are completely tied to the structure. It evolves slowly over several days of air, barely loosening, suggesting that it will reward a long stay in the cellar."
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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.