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2017 Clos Solène Fleur de Solène

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April 4, 2021 - $56

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RATINGS

94Vinous / IWC

Powerful aromas of cherry, cassis and dark chocolate are given lift by a peppery element that gains strength with air. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering pliant dark fruit, floral pastille and chewing tobacco flavors and a strong jolt of exotic spices. Round, even tannins build steadily on an impressively long, focused finish that emphatically repeats the floral and spice notes.

94Wine Enthusiast

Intense berry and black currant aromas meet with loamy earth, purple flowers and spice rack on the nose...presenting a polished grip that envelops cola, carnation and red-fruit flavors, with an acidity that pops on the finish.

93The Wine Advocate

...opens broody at first—with smoked cranberries, dried red cherries, wild blackberries and a hint of blue fruit—before opening to notions of crushed rock, potpourri and dried flowers with earthy touches. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky with well-managed fruitiness, a plush frame and great freshness on the long, elegant finish.

92Jeb Dunnuck

Black cherries, ground herbs, cedarwood, and hints of tobacco...a medium-bodied red that has beautiful fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. It's complex, balanced, and shines more for its elegance and texture than outright power and richness.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.