- Producer: Clos Solène - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Guillaume Fabre
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Paso Robles)
- Blend: 54% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Grenache
- Vintage production: 450 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Guillaume & Solène Fabre
- First Vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2022-2034+
About the Wine:
The Fleur de Solène was first mafe for Guillaume's wife and muse, Solène. One of her wishes for the portfolio, is to feature a wine that tastes great from the moment it is bottled and could age potentially for a decade. It greets you smoothly, with silky, chalky tannins and an elegant mineral finish, promising to age nicely.
The Cabernet Sauvignon showcased from the Clos Solène and Brecon Estates, withthe Syrah and Grenache farmed from Lara’s Vineyard and Niner Estate. It was aged in 40% new oak for 16 months in a mix of 225L and 400L barrels.
Clos Solène Fleur de Solène 2018
“The 2018 Fleur de Solene checks in as 53% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Grenache from a handful of sites in the Willow Creek District and spent 18 months in 20% new French oak. Beautiful cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as notes of white flowers, spicy oak, and ground pepper all emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and elegant on the palate, with terrific tannins. It's already hard to resist, yet I think it will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for over a decade."
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sept. 2020)