Yes, it's true! CLIO is our most popular wine. Except for the premiere 2002 vintage, when the wine was a complete unknown, every vintage since has sold out immedi- ately, but on the QT. Why? Because allocations have been so restricted, we have only offered CLIO to those who have purchased the prior vintage. I did so again for the splendid 2008 vintage, and all 50 six packs sold the final week of December.
BUT NOW, the importer has just informed me to "HAVE AT IT!".
CLIO is the Jorge Ordonez-Chris Ringland project from extraordinary low yield, old vines growing from two white, stone-chalky vineyards in the Jumilla DO, situated within the Murcia province in the southeast corner of Spain. Jorge Ordonez is Spain's most successful importer to America. Chris Ringland is arguably the most successful and famous Aussie winemaker from Barossa Valley.....I believe at last count, winemaker Ringland had earned at least 11 perfect 100 scores from Robert Parker.
Chris Ringland magically composes CLIO from a meticulous selection of 70% Mourvedre (Monastrell) -2/3 of a ton per acre from 65 year old vines, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon - one ton per acre from 31 year old vines. A seven day fermentation takes place in open top, small vats holding only 3 to 4 tons per batch. Then the grapes are gently basket pressed, and the wine is moved to new French and American oak barrels where it completes malolactic fermentation and is aged for 26 months. Production: 1,125 cases.
Tasted at last Saturday's Tasting Bar, and to be repeated again this Saturday, January 15th, CLIO continues to be an over-the-top, lavish and hedonistic expression of sumptuous black and blue fruits with enthralling aromas of spice box, violets, espresso, and vanillin. CLIO is crazy fun to drink now, but capable of aging for many years.
Although the 2008 vintage has not been rated at ths time, since CLIO's conception in 2002, here are Robert Parker's Wine Advocate ratings to date:
- 2002 - 93 points
- 2003 - 96 points
- 2004 - 97 points
- 2005 - 95 points
- 2006 - 95 points
- 2007 - 94 points
CLIO is typically priced at $50+ a bottle at release. The 2004 vintage can still be found on the internet at $150 a bottle.
NOW ORDER THE 2008 CLIO - $47.95 A BOTTLE!
$44.95 A BOTTLE - 6 OR MORE BOTTLES!