“Cultivated primarily form 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 2010
Layered with complexity, 2010 Cuvée Claire entices with light floral notes and sweet oak on the nose, which leads into bright red cherries. Sip after sip the wine fills your mouth with lush ripe blackberries and blueberries, revealing hints of cocoa, spice and a touch of vanilla. The palate is seamless from start to finish, leaving silky tannins and an impossibly long finish. Beautifully structured, 2010 Cuvée Claire can be enjoyed today or be cellared for many years to come.
2010 proved to be an unusual growing season. The summer was cooler than normal, which allowed the grapes prolonged hang time and permitted slow and uniformed ripening, in spite of early fall rains. Patience and experience carried us through and what resulted was a smaller yield of some of the most beautiful fruit we have seen from the estate.
Harvested: October 27, 2010 · 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged: 28 months in French oak barrels
Case Production: 610 cases