- Producer: Clos Solène - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Guillaume Fabre
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Paso Robles)
- Blend: 70% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre
- Vintage production: 400 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Guillaume & Solène Fabre
- First Vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2023-2032+
About the Wine:
Harmonie is Guillaume's take on a Chateauneuf-du-pape style wine. The blend is very harmonious between Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. After years of dialing the blend down with less Syrah, Guillaume has landed on a Grenache heavy blend that is fruity, spicy and incredibly aromatic. The Mourvèdre brings some power and the Syrah adds beautiful color, structure, and tannin.
Half of the blend comes from the Clos Solène estate and half from a combination of Lara’s Vineyard, Dusi, and G2. To maintain a traditional and delicate approach to respect the delicacy of the Grenache, it was aged in larger neutral barrels and only 15% new oak for 16 months.
Clos Solène Harmonie 2018
“Deep, brilliant maroon. Exotic, highly fragrant aromas of fresh, spice-tinged cherry, blueberry, potpourri and incense, along with a hint of succulent herbs. Broad and fleshy but lively as well, offering palate-staining red and dark fruit, candied lavender, cola and exotic spice flavors that slowly firm up through the midpalate. Shows outstanding definition and floral lift on an impressively long, smooth finish that features well-integrated tannins and resonating spiciness."
95 points, Josh Reynolds (Vinous, Oct. 2020)
“The Grenache-dominated cuvée is the 2018 Harmonie, which is 70% Grenache, 16% Syrah, and 14% Mourvèdre. It's a big wine, yet it shows a fresher, beautifully vibrant nose of black raspberries, licorice, candied flowers, and spice that opens up beautifully with time in the glass. Brought up mostly in neutral barrel, it still has a kiss of background oak in its aromas and texture and is beautifully balanced, full-bodied, and elegant on the palate. It's a well put together Grenache that reminds me slightly of a more modern styled Châteauneuf du Pape. Drink it over the coming decade or so."
95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sept. 2020)