Claret 2014

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Claret 2014

Columbia Valley, Washington

WINEMAKER NOTES

This Claret in nothing like the wine the Brits used to describe light reds from Bordeaux! This is one of the most fun wines to craft every year, where the real art of blending is revealed. This particular vintage is a true example of all the pieces of the “Claret-puzzle” coming together. Fruit from four renowned vineyards in Washington was used in this cuvée. The grapes from these distinct vineyards were allowed to develop their own uniqueness in the cellar, with minimal intervention. These wines all aged in French and American oak for 20 months.

This Merlot-based Claret will lead with definite notes of plum and cherry on the nose. It possesses a strong and attractive meatiness on the aroma, with earthy tones such as leather and cedar in the background. Once decanted, subtle hints of rose petal and eucalyptus are also noticeable. Expressive fruit will linger on the palate, giving it the perception of sweetness and adding depth and intensity to the mouthfeel.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Vintage: 2014
Varieties: 38% Merlot, 24% Cab Franc, 20% Malbec, 18% Cab Sauv
Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Oak: 38% New, 72% French oak, 28% American oak, 20 months
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 2490 cases

OTHER VINTAGES AVAILABLE
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

PAIRING

  • Venison
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Roasted chicken with rosemary and thyme