- Producer: Clos Solène - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Guillaume Fabre
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Paso Robles)
- Blend: 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: 230 cases
- Winery location: Templeton
- Owners: Guillaume & Solène Fabre
- First Vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2016-2024
About the Estate:
Raised and born in the Southeast of France, Narbonne, Guillaume comes from a family of winegrower/winemakers. After 24 years in Narbonne, he moved in Bordeaux, Southwest of France. Both regions, famous for the wines, are also very different from each other and it requires some winegrowing and winemaking experience to switch from one to the other and deal with the different climates, soils, sickness of the vines and more.
In 2004 Guillaume decided to discover the “New World” wines before taking in charge the family property that his parents just bought in Bordeaux. But life is full of surprises, and Guillaume finally decided to move for good to Paso Robles, California, after he got a job offer when his internship at L’Aventure was ending. The only person he cared about was Solène, his fiancée, at the time, who was studying in Spanish Language in Europe. He mailed her a fly ticket to visit him and “proposed” to move definitely.
While working for the same company his was an intern for a year, he slowly developed his own brand, two barrel in 2007 became 4 in 2008 and the production kept on growing over the years. It is only ten years later, in April of 2014, that Guillaume had to make a choice, Clos Solène needed more attention and time, so he left L’Aventure to work full time on his project.
But Clos Solène is and will remain a small, exclusive brand.
Clos Solène Fleur de Solène Syrah 2014
“A blend from all of the sites Guillaume works with, the 2014 Fleur de Solene (70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Cabernet Franc) is another winner from this guy who can do no wrong. Loaded with notes of plums, exotic flowers, mint and hints of green herbs, this medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured 2014 is ready to go, but should keep nicely through at least 2024.“
93 points, The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck)