Library Wines - Clendenen Family
Since Jim Clendenen's first vintage in 1982, his wines have been the beacon of character, balance and restraint. No high alcohols or overblown fruit. Consequently, the wines age beautifully bringing a different expression to an already classy wine. Jim had the foresight to hold back his wines for future enjoyment. And now these extremely rare wines are available for those that know the difference patience brings. Need a specific vintage? Contact us. The library is expansive but we monitor their availability directly from the winery.
This is our “reserve” Nebbiolo. The wine, though aged in barrel for five years, has fresh floral notes and shows wild strawberry and plum aromatics. The mouth filling texture accompanies dried cherry flavors which transition into a clean bright finish with good acid balance. Score: 92 points Wine Enthusiast.
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A big, rich, balanced Chardonnay with intriguing aromas of apricots, pear, honey, butter, hazelnuts, and spices. Rich and intense on the palate, with gorgeous depth, the 2009 is all about texture.. Score 94 points/Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Score 91 points from Vinous.
Our "reserve" Viognier is a luscious, viscous dry white. Subtle aromas of pear, stone fruit and honeydew melon are joined by white peach and tangerine blossom on the palate. Scored 91 points from Vinous.
A big, buttery Chardonnay of richness, power and intensity. Intriguing aromas of pear, melon, nectarine with silky orchard fruit and orange pith flavors complemented by honeysuckle and anise notes. 92 points The Wine Spectator, 92 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous, 89 points Robert Parker
A rich, textured white with succulent flavors of succulent pear, apples, spices and flowers. This Chardonnay reflects Jim's ideal: superb concentration without over-ripening ... low alcohol with strength and persistence. Scored 90 points from Antonio Galloni'sVinous.
Spice and smoke accented dark berries and licorice on the highly fragrant nose.The addition of Viognier (10%) to the rich, deep Syrah lends a suppleness that makes this wine intriguing and enjoyable now. Scored 90 points from Vinous.
The Syrah is fermented with about 10% Viognier bringing an elegnnce to this big, rich red. It shows dark berries, spice and licorice on the highly fragrant nose. Plush, offering gently sweet blueberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of cracked pepper.
Aromatic nuances of spice, cinnamon and cardamom, are a lovely back note to this complex, dry, and food-friendly wine.