This deeply hued, full-bodied wine opens with aromas of fresh plum, brown sugar and toasted hazelnuts. On the palate, ripe plum and raspberry crème give way to a soft , creamy finish of baking spice and vanilla. Age 10 to 15 years.
Our fortified dessert wine is composed of three traditional grape varieties made popular in northern Portugal: touriga nacional, tinta cão and tempranillo (aka tinta roriz). Foot treading, extended aging in neutral oak barrels, and other venerable winemaking techniques give rise to a distinct style that captures the creamy, nutty qualities of a tawny along with the color and fruit of a vintage bottling.
The heart of the Paso Robles AVA lies 25 miles inland from the coast with mild conditions in winter, spring and fall. Summers are mostly hot and dry, but a break in the coastal range allows a marine layer to move inland in the late afternoon, lowering temperatures and providing the cool evenings and nights that promote well-balanced grape acidity.
Clautiere Vineyard is situated at 800 feet of elevation on Paso Robles’ Eastern plateau where the sandy-loam soils and warm dry climate are conducive to late ripening varieties. The challenging growing conditions enable vines to channel their energy into the development of small berries that produce aromatic wines with intense flavors, silky textures and rounded tannins.