“Cultivated primarily from our estate vines, this 100% cabernet sauvignon is the cornerstone of our portfolio. Named after our daughter, the Cuvee Claire is allowed to work its magic slowly, which results in a complex, elegant wine that represents the best of Napa Valley.” – William Ballentine, Winemaker
Winemaker’s Notes 2014
The 2014 Cuvée Claire Cabernet Sauvignon is immediately expressive as soon as it is poured into the glass. Scents of ripe red and black cherries dominate the nose with touches of fig, caramel and fresh herbs. The wine unfolds in the glass for hours revealing dense bright fruits, smooth toasty oak and dusty tannins. The finish starts boldly and then slowly softens on the back palate. This wine should be enjoyed after 2 hours of decanting.
2014 Vintage Notes:
2014 was one of the earliest harvests in most recent history. The ongoing drought in California lead to a smaller than average crop size. Fortunately, rains in February and March relieved the stress on the vines causing vigorous growth early in the season resulting in lush vines. Summer months were perfect and although the grapes ripened early, the quality was extremely high. Our Cabernet grapes were dark and concentrated which created some very intense and outstanding wines
Harvested: October 10-15th, 2014
Soil: Well-drained volcanic tufa loam with interspersed rock and gravel.
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Aged: 30 months in French Oak
Case Production: 723 Cases