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2016 Eternity

Production Notes

Grape Source: 17 acres, Napa Valley, Hillside, Single Vineyard, Certified Sustainable
Varietal Content: Estate Cabernet
Alcohol Content: 14.7%
Aging: Barrel fermented & aged for 2 years in 80% new French Oak
Winemaking Team: Jean Hoefliger
Vineyard Management: Tom Clark & Josh Clark; Clark Vineyard Management
GM & Marketing: Laurie Claudon
Photography/Special Projects: Briana Clark Forgie
Retail Price: 200.00
Production (cases): 85 cases

2016 Eternity

NEW RELEASE
Retail: $200.00
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First Flight Members receives a 33.5% discount on all wine purchased except for those ordered through our Cabernet for Care philanthropic program.

In November, 2016 an increase made our wine prices current with small production, Napa Valley, Estate Grown artisan wines of equal caliber. Yet, to honor our customers who had supported us along the way we decide to protect them from the increase with special pricing. Thus, our non-club customers became our First Flight Members.

First Flight Member [More info]: $133.00
CC Wine Club [signup]: $114.00
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The 2016 vintage continues to receive acclaim from growers, vintners and wine writers alike. Many say 2016 was the best growing season out of the last 5 exceptional vintages. Can these wines keep getting better? My 8-year-old granddaughter Finley says it best. “The 2016 Eternity is Amazing!”

To match the quality of the 2016 fruit exceptional care was utilized during harvest, fermentation and aging. That translated to the best of the best fruit being hand harvested on a cool starry night and placed into small boxes. Those chosen grapes are further sorted by hand at the winery. Then an optical sorter determines the final cut. These perfect whole grapes are barrel fermented, hand punched down and then aged for two years in 80% new French oak and one year in the bottle.

While many 2016’s were released last fall, our “no short cuts” process means you have to wait longer for Eternity. Yet, once you open the bottle and for many, many years to come, you will appreciate the love and extra care that went into this truly gorgeous wine.

TASTING NOTES             

The 2016 Eternity Reserve Cabernet is a wine you will long remember. Like the season that produced it, our 2016 Eternity is beyond generous in all ways. My favorite aromas of violets, black cherries, cassis & plums burst from the deep garnet hues of this dense, full bodied wine. This is followed by a velvety mouthfeel and layer upon layer of chocolate dipped dark fruit. The refined tannins and incredibly long finish may mean this wine will outlive me! There is something poetic about that, but I suspect I will still be here enjoying it 20 years from now.

REVIEWS

“Composed entirely of Cabernet, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Eternity leaps from the glass with fragrant violets, black cherries, plum preserves and cassis with nuances of dark chocolate, pencil shavings and menthol. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and laden with black fruit layers, it has firm, finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length. 85 cases produced. Drink Date 2021 - 2040”  —  Wine Advocate 96pts

James Suckling

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A dense and layered red with a velvety texture and a rich, juicy finish. Full body with vanilla, blackberries and some cappuccino. This needs another two or three years to come together. —  James Suckling

Robert Parker's Review

Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate # 221 Oct 2015
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Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate # 221 Oct 2015

The stunning 2013 Eternity Proprietary Red wine is obviously a Bordeaux blend. It reveals unsmoked cigar tobacco and licorice, Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood and plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit along with a full-bodied palate. The oak is well-disguised by the wine’s lavish concentration and intensity. It should drink beautifully for another 20+ years.” — Robert Parker

Robert Parker's Review

Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate # 215 Oct 2014
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Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate # 215 Oct 2014

This may be the finest wine I have ever tasted from Clark-Claudon Vineyards. The inky/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Eternity (97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot) exhibits a beautiful perfume of crème de cassis, blueberries, boysenberries and spring flowers. This dense, full-bodied wine possesses good freshness, tremendous opulence and richness, and a long finish. Drink this beauty over the next 15 or more years.  — Robert Parker

Robert Parker's Review

Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate # 209 Oct 2013
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Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate # 209 Oct 2013

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Eternity exhibits an opaque purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, incense, forest floor, and a boatload of black and blue fruits. This full-bodied, stunning blend of 91.1% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.9% Estate Petit Verdot will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 25-30 years thereafter.

Brilliant Review-'09 Eternity

Wine Enthusiast
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Wine Enthusiast

With elaborate oak, concentrated fruit, dense tannins and exquisite balance, this tiny production Cabernet—the winery’s first-ever reserve—demands to be cellared. It’s completely dry and rich in blackberries, black currants, baking chocolate, anise and minerals. It feels dramatic from the start, like the opening notes of a great symphony or rock song. Cellar it for at least eight years, and it could age well beyond that. — S.H.

Antonio Galloni's Review

Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate # 204 Dec 2012
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Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate # 204 Dec 2012

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Eternity is quite a bit richer and weightier than the straight bottling. Plums, cassis, camphor, spices and graphite all flow effortlessly in this medium to full-bodied wine. There is plenty of stuffing in the glass, which suggests the 2009 will continue to deliver considerable pleasure for a number of years. The addition of 11.5% Petit Verdot is felt in the gravitas and sheer density of the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027.

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Photos by Briana Marie Photography