Formed through sedimentary flow, Clough Soil is a gravely loam, layered in quartz and chert. This soil is found on gently undulating old terraces at elevations of 200 to 1,000 feet. Moderately well drained, Clough is derived from conglomerates and other sedimentary rocks and is considered to be a moderately acidic soil with a normal pH of 5.8. The gentle slope at which Clough soils are located provides the perfect balance of minimal water retention without stressing the vines to much. The soils are fairly nutrient rich and the locations provide ample sun exposure and drainage. Clough soils embody the prototypical Cabernet landscape, yielding small berried clusters with intense red fruit and nuances of earth and spices.
For those of you who like your Cabernet’s with lower alcohol, vibrant acidity, and enough tannins to age comfortably into the next decade, 2012 is the vintage for you! With beautifully ripened fruit and broad tannins, Clough is quintessential Cabernet: bold, intense, complex, layered, and age worthy. It reminds us why Cabernet is king and that not all soils are created equally. Well structured, this Cabernet will be most enjoyable from 2018-2024.