Cabernet Sauvignon’s Got Class

In April, Clos La Chance Winery in San Martin named Chardonnay their Wine of The Month.

Some of you may recall that I reviewed some of their wines after visiting the winery.

When I shared my post with CLC on Facebook, it entered me into a contest to win a bottle of their 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay.

Well…

Guess who won?

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A cold bucket of Chardonnay on a hot day. You can’t beat that with a bat, foo.

So…

This past Sunday, we took a trip over to the winery to enjoy this beautiful bottle of Chardonnay on their patio.

While we were there, we also hit up another class with Estate Sommelier, Roy Froom, to learn about May’s Wine of the Month…

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Yeah… Cabernet Sauvignon’s got class. It’s taught by Roy Froom.

During the second half of the class, we got to enjoy two fantastic wines by Clos La Chance…

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Clos La Chance 2009 Whitestone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Clos La Chance 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

We started with the Estate Cab.

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Here are some facts about the wine.

And my take…

Color: Purplish red.

Nose: Blueberry and plum fruit with a hint of oak and chalk dust (You know I love chalk!).

Taste: Fruits of blackberry, dry cherries, and red currant.  There is a great acidity to this one, but the tannins are a bit too astringent for me.

Score: In spite of the off tannins, if given time, I see this wine hitting it’s groove very soon.  91+

Up next…

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Clos La Chance 2009 Whitestone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Color: On the red side of purple.

Nose: Blueberry, lavender, and rubber balls.  Yummy!

Taste: There is a great chalkiness (Yes!) and acid play to this wine.  I love the herbacious finish of rosemary and menthol.  Good cherry fruit and tea leaf.

Score: If you love blueberry, chalk, and tea leaf notes to your wine… You will love this… As do I.  93.

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You have to know that I would totally go back to school if all the classes I took were like this one.

Thanks for the wine and the class, Clos La Chance.

Now, can someone call me a Cab?

Cabernet Sauvignon, that is…

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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5 Responses to “Cabernet Sauvignon’s Got Class”

  1. enotecaMarcella Says:

    The other night I ordered a glass of Clos La Chance Chardonnay at Cafe Cruz, thinking of all the good stuff you write about them. And honestly it was awful. But perhaps the bottle had been opened too long? It’s a definite possibility. I should probably just go there. I hear the scenery is not bad. 😉

    • jeffisrad Says:

      Some of their stuff can be hit or miss. Their Hummingbird (Grocery Store) Cab used to be a lot better. I’ve never put their wine in the awful category before, however… Which wine did you order?

  2. Jeff Eckles (@JeffEckles) Says:

    Were the cab grapes picked from the same vines for both wines? I noticed the Designate is from a surrounding hillside.

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