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2007 Crucible
2007 Crucible

The making of Crucible is our pride and joy, truly a labor of love. This is the Student Vineyard of Napa Valley College, where Clark taught Advanced Winemaking for many years. In 2003, Dean of Viticulture Stephen Krebs tore out most of the Chardonnay vines from which Faux Chablis was made and planted two German cold weather clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Clones 337 and 15 possess unusual characteristics uniquely suited to this cool emerging appellation.

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1999 Crucible
1999 Crucible

This is “real wine” with incredibly dense, melted tannins. Its two-ton harvest was the entire focus of our winemaking consulting team for the ’99 harvest. Picked on November 1st at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yielded very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas.

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2006 Faux Chablis
2006 Faux Chablis

For those who have followed the Napa Valley College Student Vineyard Faux Chablis series since 2001, this wine will make perfect sense.

The first thing you will notice is its color, which is very dark amber with a touch of peach, much like the fire wines Georgian Rkatsitelli sometimes produces. One can be forgiven for imagining this as oxidation, but it is not. It is simply incredible density.

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2005 Faux Chablis (Student Vineyard)
2005 Faux Chablis (Student Vineyard)

For those who have followed the Napa Valley College Student Vineyard Faux Chablis series since 2001, this wine will make perfect sense.

The first thing you will notice is its color, which is very dark amber with a touch of peach, much like the fire wines Georgian Rkatsitelli sometimes produces. One can be forgiven for imagining this as oxidation, but it is not. It is simply incredible density.

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2001 Faux Chablis
2001 Faux Chablis

I don’t like what California Chardonnay has become. Indeed, in California-based competitions, my fellow judges often trim from the pack (as “atypical”) all but the fat shallow buttery toast bombs they have resigned themselves to expect.

In homage to the true Chablis of Bourgogne, our Napa knock-off imitates its lemon blossom aromas, firm structure, and mineral depth. The living soil Steve Krebs maintains in this beautifully balanced vineyard imparts to the finish a mineral electricity rarely seen in California whites. Bâtonnage sur lies and restrained use of well-seasoned oak impart rich structure, aromatic complexity and reductive strength that invite a few years’ cellaring.

Misappropriation of European place names is particularly disgraceful when used to embellish wines of low stature and unsuitable style. Our French friends find wry humor in America’s only pure-Chardonnay “chablis.

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2003 Faux Chablis
2003 Faux Chablis

I don't like what California Chardonnay has become. Indeed, in California-based competitions, my fellow judges often trim from the pack (as “atypical”) all but the fat shallow buttery toast bombs they have resigned themselves to expect.

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2002 Faux Chablis
2002 Faux Chablis

I don’t like what California Chardonnay has become. Indeed, in California-based competitions, my fellow judges often trim from the pack (as “atypical”) all but the fat shallow buttery toast bombs they have resigned themselves to expect.

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2005 Crucible
2005 Crucible

The making of Crucible is our pride and joy, truly a labor of love. Its tiny 90 case production is the entire focus of our winemaking team during harvest. Picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yield tiny volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with black fruit aromas. Crucible’s profound essence of rich blueberries is a typical expression of the Coombsville district surrounding Napa town.

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2004 Crucible
2004 Crucible

Rich blueberries typical to the cool regions surrounding the town of Napa are supported by massive but refined tannins which should gain depth for several decades.

This is “real wine” with incredibly dense, melted tannins. Its five-ton harvest is the entire focus of our winemaking consulting team during harvest. Picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yielded very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas.

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