Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Union Sacré 2017 Le Clandestin, Central Coast

Union Sacre Le ClandestinOh, we love bargains. Here’s one of our latest, and tastiest!

Super Blending

Blending succulent and smooth Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t a conventional move. It’s something you might find in an Italian Super Tuscan, but don’t expect to see stateside. That’s what initially attracted me to this bottle from Union Sacré.

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The winery is a partnership that joins friends from two different continents. Xavier Arnaudin is the winemaker, originally from France. Philip Muzzy is the “creative brain” who hails from Michigan.

The Secret Sauce

The wine is a limited production run with 748 cases made. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese. The grapes come from the Santa Barbara Highlands and Pomar Junction vineyards.

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For me, the elevating element is the Sangiovese. The main grape in world-renowned Chianti, it adds a lush texture and rich cherry flavor to the wine. The flavors are rippling blackberry and blueberry awash in silky tannins. The aging regimen is 40% French oak for 10 months. That deft move adds a layer of interest without making the wine bulky and ponderous.

It’s a wonderful wine. What is also wonderful is the price.

This is one of my top QPR (quality price ratio) wines. It retails for $45, but I scored it for $19 on Invino. After tasting it, I immediately got online to purchase more. Alas, it was all sold out. Take heart. The Union Sacré website has several interesting wines, including a Le Clandestin Cabernet Franc.

Union Sacré scored a hit with their Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese blend. Our advice is to seek out and stock up.

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