2009 La Craie American Celebration
California: Chalk Hill (Sonoma)
These are the Good Times
Dark fruit. Lush earthiness. Perfectly balanced.
That says it all about today’s 2009 American Celebration from our friends at Chateau Felice Winery. Part of their La Craie Reserve Series, this wine is Felice’s finest red blend
This wine wine elegant and flavorful, packed with balanced fruit and earthen component parts that all work together to give the wine a wonderful complexity. Enjoy this delicious wine all on its own, or with a wide variety of foods.
Opaque and dark with concentrated beet juice hues. At the edge of the glass, ruby highlights glint in the light when swirled.
Sweet cherry candy, raspberry, strawberry preserve and red currant meld with fresh thyme and rosemary.
Black cherry, overripe blackberry, stewed plum, stewed fig and dark berry preserve give way to black tea, dark dried herbs and tobacco leaf.
Soft and lingering, particularly at the mid-palate, this wine has a clean, crushed velvet finish.
Enjoy this clean wine with savory BBQ spareribs or a wild mushroom flatbread.
What the Winery Says
La Craie means “chalk” in French. The hillsides of the Chalk Hill Valley are streaked with a white chalky substance, thus the name of the valley. In fact, it is not chalk but ash from old volcanic activity in the area. Mineral-rich soils contribute to the French flavors favored by the vintners.
About the Winery
Chateau Felice features two distinct groups of wines, the La Craie Series and the Black Label wines. While great wines are made in the vineyard, how they are processed and combined determines the different attributes and characters they display.
The La Craie wines were created by winemaker Tami Collins and proprietors Barry and Phyllis Rodgers. These wines exemplify the quality of Chalk Hill fruit and the talent of our winemaker. In 2009, the 2006 Euphoria took a gold medal at the Harvest Fair, while the 2006 Tall Woman took a silver medal. In January of 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle awarded a gold medal to the 2006 American Celebration. At the 2010 Harvest Fair, 2007 Rhapsody and 2007 Tall Woman took home the gold.