Claret

Bordeaux Style Blend

2015

This exciting red blend is one of my favorites here at Basel Cellars. This is truly a wine crafted to support a lifestyle and not so much for making statements! This versatile wine is comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Specific vineyard blocks are represented in this cuvée, and we allow for varietal expression and character in these lots, by aging the wines in mostly neutral barrels. We prefer maturing in mainly French oak, and appreciate the minimal impact on the fruit, while preserving freshness.

The aroma will showcase expressive dark berry fruits, dried herbs, tobacco and hints of “flinty” minerality. Notes of eucalyptus leaf, black tea and olive are also present on the nose. These unique savory and earthy tones construct a definite accent in the aroma, creating depth in the wine’s profile. Once aerated, the intriguing bouquet becomes floral with beautiful nuances of lavender and perfume. The initial palate is showcasing ripe and intense fruit, packed with complexity and character, finishing with balanced acidity. The approachable mouthfeel will linger throughout the finish where supple fruit, warm oak and soft tannins are woven together seamlessly. This Claret will pair well with wild game, shepherd’s pie, charcuterie or a mild brie.

Varieties

30% Merlot
30% Cabernet Franc
18% Malbec
22% Cab. Sauvignon

Vineyards

Double River
Double Canyon
Gamache
Chelle Den Millie

Appellation

Columbia Valley, WA

Oak

88% French Oak
12% American Oak
3% New
97% Neutral
20 Months

Alcohol

14.5%

Production

1,884 Cases

Walla Walla

509-522-0200
2901 Old Milton Hwy
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Woodinville

425-497-1910
15029 Woodinville-Redmond Rd #400
Woodinville, WA 98072

Leavenworth

509-888-7054
217 9th St suite A
Leavenworth, WA 98826
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