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Concannon Vineyard Announces the Release of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon, to Honor the Winery’s Trailblazing Contributions to the Wine Industry and California Cabernet

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LIVERMORE, Calif.—December 13, 2018—Concannon Vineyard announced today the second installment of its Clone Series with the 2016 Concannon Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The Clone Series from Concannon Vineyard highlights the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon Clones, which account for an estimated 80 percent of all California Cabernet Sauvignon vines and have long been considered the backbone of California’s Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards.

Crafted entirely from Concannon Clone 8, the 2016 Concannon Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure expression of the varietal and the Clone. The wine proudly showcases the second of Concannon’s iconic Clones, which in addition to the Concannon Clone 8, includes Concannon Clones 7 & Clone 11.

In 1965, Jim Concannon propelled the brand’s history of innovation by collaborating with UC Davis on a grapevine certification program that developed the Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8 and 11. These Clones were developed from three cuttings taken from the “Concannon Mother Vine,” a single vine that was brought to Concannon Vineyard Estate from Château Margaux in 1893.

The Concannon Clone Series honors Concannon Vineyard’s generations of trailblazing vintners in the wine industry and signifies the winery’s commitment to producing exemplary California Cabernet. As a nod to the winery’s Cabernet prowess, the Concannon Clone Series highlights the expression of the Clones and terroir by sourcing Concannon Cabernet Clones across various premier California appellations. With more than 135 years of winemaking experience, the 2016 Concannon Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley joins the 2014 Concannon Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma’s Chalk Hill.

Only 101 cases of 2016 Concannon Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon were produced and the wine is available with a suggested retail price of $95. Please visit www.ConcannonVineyard.com for more information.

ABOUT CONCANNON VINEYARD

Located in the historic Livermore Valley, Concannon Vineyard is America’s oldest, ongoing winery under the same family label and stewardship. In 1883, James Concannon established the first successful winery founded by an Irish immigrant and established Concannon as a founding family of the California wine industry. Concannon’s four generations have made many pioneering contributions to the American wine industry, including the renowned Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8 and 11, which make up 80% of California’s Cabernet Sauvignon plantings, and “America’s First Petite Sirah,” the first bottling of Petite Sirah as a varietal wine. For more information about Concannon Vineyard, please visit www.concannonvineyard.com.

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