Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is an attractive wine laced with sweet grilled herbs, dark cherries, plums, espresso and tobacco. It shows plenty of nuance and delineation. The mid-weight structure suggests it is best enjoyed over the next handful of years. The 2008 spent two years in French oak, 65% new. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (Dec 2011)
Clark~Claudon Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from 100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. It is harvested when the sugar, acid and taste are all in optimum balance. Then, rather than follow a formula, we use vinification practices that showcase what each harvest has to offer. After fermentation the wine is aged for two years in medium toast French Oak barrels and then allowed to rest for a year in the bottle before release.
|When Tom Clark and his wife Laurie Claudon-Clark acquired the land that would become Clark-Claudon vineyards, the property was comprised of 117 acres, seventy of which were plantable, two ponds, two old weathered out buildings and a small tattered house. There was also a creek, a stand of redwood trees, and a beautiful meadow with a wonderful array of birds and wildlife.
The couple's first goal was to produce the highest quality fruit possible to sell to small producers while preserving the integrity of the environment. They decided that only 20 acres would be planted leaving the remainder for watershed and open space. A biologist was hired to recommend ways to recreate any wildlife environments destroyed by the clearing.
In 1992, the couple and their children harvested their first fruit. Unproven, it was sold to a large winery, but Tom and Laurie decided to buy a barrel of it back. It was then that the couple's dream took another turn. The finished wine, though obviously from young vines, hinted at an incredible potential. They decided to not only sell the fruit, but to also produce an exceptional handcrafted wine.
In creating Clark-Claudon Vineyards, Tom and Laurie wanted a wine business that followed the old tradition of family winemaking where the art began in the vineyard and ended with a beautiful bottle of wine to be shared by families, lovers and friends. The company's logo is a meeting of two feathers, and represents their joint commitment to the pursuit of their dream and to the preservation of the environment that supports it.