- Producer: Clos Solène - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Guillaume Fabre
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Paso Robles)
- Blend: 67% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
- Vintage production: 300 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Guillaume & Solène Fabre
- First Vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2020-2029+
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.
The grapes are sourced from a selection of 15 plots on the Westside of Paso Robles in the Willow Creek District, with a mixture of limestone and shale soil. Aged in almost all 400-liter barrels of used French oak, with a tiny percentage of new French oak for the Syrah. The goal is to focus on Grenache with super great layers and complexities from the soil.
The wine spent 16 months in French oak, 80% neutral and only 40% new, so the emphasis is on texture and style over oak-flavour. It's the highest scoring vintage of this cuvée to date.
Clos Solène Harmonie Grenache 2017
“The 2017 Harmonie (67% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah) is beautiful and certainly makes the most of the vintage. Black cherries, red currants, cedary spice, dried herbs, and floral notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied blend that has flawless balance, ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It can be drunk today or cellared for over a decade."
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct. 2019)