Wine Enthusiast 90
"Dense and concentrated aromas of blackberry, purple flowers and cola spice show on the nose of this bottling. Roasted black plum, rose petals, wild thyme and dark chocolate combine on the complex palate."~MK
"Dark garnet in color. Aromas of tobacco, blackberries and cedar. Flavors of dark chocolate, graphite and black cherries. Medium acid, medium body, medium to light finish. Aged for 16 months on 30% New French Oak, 60% Neutral French Oak, 10% Neutral American Oak. Pairs well with grilled steak and portabello mushroom burgers."~Winery Notes
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In 1987, co-owners Bill and Brenda Murphy decided to plant a few rows of Chardonnay in their Saratoga backyard, both for landscaping purposes and to realize their dreams of being small-scale vitners. A few years later, the wines produced from this small backyard vineyard were good enough to sell to the public. It was at this point that Clos La Chance formed into a commercial winery. The first released wines were from the 1992 vintage. The next 15 years would take the Murphy's from 200 cases of wine produced to 80,000; 3/4 of an acre to 150 acres planted and 20 full-time and 25 seasonal employees. Clos LaChance takes its name from the small fenced-in area encompassing a vineyard (Clos) and from co-owner Brenda Murphy's maiden name (LaChance). The Murphys chose the Hummingbird as the winery's symbol for both aesthetic beauty and its ability to keep other birds away from the grapes. Together with their daughters, Bill and Brenda have created a multi-generational, family-owned and operated winery. It is their dream that the third generation will eventually take over their business.
The winery is located in San Martin, California, within the Central Coast American Viticltural Area. Tucked into the beautiful Hayes Valley, Clos LaChance is a true wine country experience located only 30 minutes from the Silicon Valley Being a good steward of land and resources are key components in Clos LaChance's winemaking practice. The family is especially vested in the sustainability of the winery and the vineyard with the hopes of creating a legacy for their children and grandchildren.