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Clendenen Family

This not just another label, it is a project of passion for winemaker/owner Jim Clendenen.  These are artisan, small lots of distinctive wines where commerce is not the driving force. These wines have the luxury to be in barrel as long as they need it (5 years for the Nebbiolo!). Wines that are nuanced, long lived, food-friendly, with firm acidities, and moderate alcohol. For older vintages, see menu.

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Dense and inky yet with grace. Lovely Bordeaux characteristics along with a classic dark berry character and medium, dusty tannins. Drinking very well now, but has the structure to easily age 5-10 years.

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SKU: PVCFV14Y

Dense and inky yet with grace. Lovely Bordeaux characteristics along with a classic dark berry character and medium, dusty tannins. Drinking very well now, but has the structure to easily age 5-10 years.

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SKU: PVCFV13Y
 

A knockout - rich, creamy, balanced. For this limited edition Chard, the finest lots of Bien Nacido fruit were barrel fermented in super expensive, custom-made Francois Freres barrels. The style is more complex and intense than our ABC counterpart. Scored 93 points Jeb Dunnuck.

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SKU: CHCFR17Y

Sumptuous, creamy and wonderfully inviting. The natural density and weight of the vintage are evident, and yet the wine retains terrific balance to play off a core of orchard fruit, pineapple, passionfruit, oak toastiness and floral notes. Grown in Clendenen’s certified organic, home vineyard planted in 1998. Scored 95 points Jeb Dunnuck; 94 points/Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast.; 94 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous.

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SKU: CHCFV16Y
 

Sumptuous, creamy and wonderfully inviting. The natural density and weight of the vintage are evident, and yet the wine retains terrific balance to play off a core of orchard fruit, pineapple, passionfruit, oak toastiness and floral notes. Grown in Clendenen’s certified organic, home vineyard planted in 1998.  Score 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 94 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous; 95 points Jeb Dunnuck.

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SKU: CHCFV15Y

Elegant and complex. A crisp, dry, floral white with aromas of green almond, honey and honey suckle, and flavors of apple and pear. Never had it before? Try it. You won't be disappointed! Ideal with shellfish and sole meuniere. Scored 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

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SKU: TOCFV17D
 

When you age a wine for over 4 years in barrel, you make sure the fruit is the finest every year. This deep red has aromas and flavors of plums, cherry and dried roses with a wonderful balance between the richness of fruit and complexity of age. Serve with a pork or lamb roast, or smoked turkey. 

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SKU: NECFV16Y

This is our “reserve” Nebbiolo utilizing Old World techniques including 72 months in French oak barrels. Classic Nebbiolo notes of spiced cherries, licorice, and new leather give way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless wine that reminiscent of a Barolo. Stunning. It should evolve nicely for at least a decade. 

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SKU: NECFP13Y
 

This is our “reserve” Nebbiolo utilizing Old World techniques including 72 months in French oak barrels. Classic Nebbiolo notes of spiced cherries, licorice, and new leather give way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless wine that reminiscent of a Barolo. It should evolve nicely for at least a decade. Scored 91 points Jeb Dunnuck.

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SKU: NECFP12Y

Intriguing subtle exotic fruit character suggesting Asian pear and lychee nut. It is not oily or unctuous but rather crisp and dry. Its Alsatian character and elegant sophistication makes it a delight as an appetizer with a charcuterie platter, but also serve with spicy Thai cuisine or a pork roast. 

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SKU: GECFL17D