Clif Family Winery
2017 Rhone Red Blend
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: North Coast, CA
Region: North Coast, CA
Holiday 2020 Wine Club Release
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- Color: medium ruby
- Aromas: red cherry, bramble, dried herbs, warm spice, black pepper, violets
- Palate: dried red fruit, rhubarb, cocoa powder, medium acidity, grippy tannins
Tasting notes by Ivy Phanith, Social Media Guru and Sommelier in Training
RegionNorth Coast, CA
About the Winemaker:
Laura Barrett brings her passion for wine, a life-long love of science and attention to detail to winemaking at Clif Family. Inspired by her first harvest in New Zealand, Laura received a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and trained under some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated winemakers. With a vineyard-driven approach and a focus on organic farming, Laura is enthusiastic about working to create balanced and elegant wines.
Premium vineyard sources from the Yountville AVA of Napa Valley, the Russian River AVA of Sonoma County and Mendocino County.
About the Vineyard:
Founder Gary and Kit’s love of Rhone wines began with their cycling adventures through Europe. The Bici Red Rhone blend was crafted to reflect the wines of this region with grapes grown in the North Coast of California. This wine is sourced from vineyards in the Yountville AVA of Napa Valley, the Russian River AVA of Sonoma County and Mendocino County.
Additional Winemaker Notes:
Hand harvested in the cool morning hours, the fruit is hand sorted before and after the destemmer. After a 3 day cold soak, the juice is inoculated with cultured yeast. During fermentation, temperature and extraction are carefully managed. The wine is then pressed off the skins and placed in French oak barrels for aging. Aged 18 months in neutral French Oak barrels.
Food Pairing Suggestions:Try this delectable red blend with pepperoni or sausage pizza, vegetarian lasagna, roast chicken, pork tenderloin - or your favorite burger. Will work with a range of medium to hard cheeses as well. Or relax, sip and savor on its own!
About the Winery
Clif Family Winery Most of us are familiar with Clif Bars. It may even be common knowledge that Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford started the business out of their garage. What is impressive to learn, however, is the wide-ranging lifestyle brand Clif Family has grown into, including an expanded line of healthy food products, Clif Family Winery, Clif Family Tasting Room, the Bruschetteria Food Truck, and Clif Family Napa Valley artisan food products. Learn more