LEVY McCLELLAN ESTATE PROPRIETARY RED

Bob has been the long-time winemaker at Harlan Estate and his wife, Martha, is the winemaker at Sloan. They have produced 200 cases of this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, aged in 100% Taransaud new oak, and will be releasing it in 2006 or 2007. Production is expected to rise to 600 cases.

The vineyard is planted on volcanic soils with tight Cabernet vineyard spacing. According to Bob and Martha Levy, it is a slightly cooler and windier site than either the Harlan or Sloan vineyards. Temperature-wise, it comes in at approximately the same as Oakville even though this is a six-acre vineyard on the north side of Diamond Mountain planted at a 500- to 600-foot elevation.

 

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